Military under pressure from MAS – Militares bajo presión del MAS

Editorial, Pagina Siete:

The government of Luis Arce Catacora is resorting to all kinds of strategies to impose its rhetoric of the coup d’état, not only in public opinion, but also in the courts, where it has everything to gain because it has obedient judges.

In this context, he has resorted to the ignoble tool of pressure so that the military chiefs who are accused, along with former president Jeanine Añez, of having perpetrated a non-existent coup d’état, plead guilty in a shortened trial, in exchange for obtaining a sentence so short that it allows them to be released from prison immediately, or as soon as possible.

In other words, the Government is resorting to psychological torture against families who must already be living in a dark night by having their father or husband in jail, without any possibility of obtaining true justice and with the certainty that the political power will sentence them to several years in prison.

The relatives of the former commanders of the Air Force, Gonzalo Terceros, and of the Navy, Palmiro Gonzalo Jarjury, explained in a letter that, even against the will of the accused, they decided to accept the abbreviated trial because they consider that they are facing “an unequal fight”, with no possibility of obtaining justice in Bolivia. They say, however, that a trial will not change the truth of the events of 2019.

The other imprisoned military chiefs decided not to accept the offer of a short trial and, on the contrary, denounced the affront of the officials of the Ministry of Justice through their lawyers.

In fact, the first to break the news of the abbreviated trial was the Minister of Justice, Iván Lima, who has completely lost his form and acts as if he were the prosecutor of the process, advancing decisions and even sentences. He has already said that Añez could be sentenced to 12 years in prison.

According to Lima, with the abbreviated trial “it will have been confirmed that there was a coup in 2019.” It is precisely there that the MAS aims to consolidate its thesis of the coup, despite the evidence that Evo Morales and the entire chain of command resigned, leaving a power vacuum that lasted for two days, until Jeanine Añez, in her capacity as maximum authority of the Senate at the time, assumed command.

The government should be somewhat embarrassed by this open interference in the decisions of another power of the state, just when the UN special rapporteur for the independence of judges and lawyers is visiting Bolivia.

El gobierno de Luis Arce Catacora está recurriendo a todo tipo de estrategias para imponer su retórica del golpe de Estado, ya no sólo en la opinión pública, sino en los estrados judiciales, donde tiene todas las de ganar porque cuenta con jueces obedientes.

En ese marco, ha recurrido a la innoble herramienta de la presión para que los jefes castrenses que están acusados, junto con la expresidenta Jeanine Añez, de haber perpetrado un golpe de Estado inexistente, se declaren culpables en un juicio abreviado, a cambio de obtener una condena tan corta que les permita salir de la cárcel de inmediato, o lo más pronto posible.

En otras palabras, el Gobierno está recurriendo a la tortura psicológica en contra de las familias que ya, de por sí, deben estar viviendo en una oscura noche al tener al padre o esposo en la cárcel, sin ninguna posibilidad de obtener verdadera justicia y con la certeza de que el poder político los condenará a varios años de cárcel.

Los familiares de los excomandantes de la Fuerza Aérea, Gonzalo Terceros, y de la Armada, Palmiro Gonzalo Jarjury, mediante una carta explicaron que, aún en contra de la voluntad de los acusados, decidieron aceptar el juicio abreviado porque consideran que están ante “una lucha desigual”, sin posibilidades de obtener justicia en Bolivia. Dicen, sin embargo, que un juicio no cambiará la verdad de los sucesos de 2019.

Los otros jefes militares presos decidieron no aceptar la oferta de juicio abreviado y, por el contrario, denunciaron la afrenta de los funcionarios del Ministerio de Justicia mediante sus abogados.

De hecho, el primero en dar la noticia del juicio abreviado fue el ministro de Justicia, Iván Lima, quien ha perdido completamente las formas y actúa como si fuera el fiscal del proceso adelantando decisiones y hasta sentencias. Ya dijo que Añez podría ser condenada a 12 años de prisión.

Según Lima, con el juicio abreviado “se habrá confirmado que hubo un golpe de Estado en 2019”. Justamente ahí apunta el MAS, a consolidar su tesis del golpe, pese a las evidencias de que Evo Morales y toda la cadena de mando renunciaron dejando un vacío de poder que se prolongó por dos días, hasta que Jeanine Añez, en su condición de máxima autoridad del Senado en ese momento, asumió el mando.

Al Gobierno debería darle un poco de pudor esta intromisión abierta en las decisiones de otro poder del estado, justo cuando está de visita en Bolivia el relator especial de la ONU para la independencia de los jueces y abogados.

https://www.paginasiete.bo/opinion/editorial/2022/2/17/militares-bajo-presion-del-mas-323673.html

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