The Civic Committee of Santa Cruz denounces the persecution of the lawyer
The legal advisor to the Pro Santa Cruz Committee who denounced fraud in the last presidential elections in Bolivia, in which the candidate of Evo Morales Luis Arce prevailed, was arrested today in a process full of irregularities. Valda, in fact, was one of the lawyers who most actively supported the complaint against the results of the elections of October 18, 2020, so his arrest fuels suspicions of persecution.
According to Martín Camacho, the detainee’s lawyer, Valda was at a precautionary hearing for a traffic event, and inexplicably policemen arrived from La Paz and detained him after the hearing, then took him to the Viru viru airport.
Valda’s irregular transfer
To counteract this arrest warrant, the defense filed a release action to prevent the transfer to La Paz, but although the appeal was admitted and the hearing was set for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at the Second Sentencing Court of Santa Cruz, the prosecutors prevailed and transferred him to La Paz anyway.
The arrest warrant against VAlda
In a statement released today after the arrest, the Committee He denounced that the Government of the Movement for Socialism began a “judicial persecution against the civic, who have been defending democracy and the rule of law in the country.” “The Committee for Santa Cruz rejects the persecution against all citizens who have been working for the sake of building a better Bolivia, with democracy and freedom,” they emphasize in the statement.
After the October 18 elections, citizen organizations and civic groups in cities such as Santa Cruz, the largest in the country, La Paz, the seat of Government and Parliament, and Cochabamba carry out protests, vigils, and civic strikes.
Santa Cruz, a center for extractive, agro-industrial and oil activities in the tropical east of the country, is one of the three Bolivian departments, out of a total of nine, in which the MAS did not win.
Valda and the Committee for Santa Cruz actively denounce that there was fraud and ask that the results of the elections be audited.
Furthermore, the lawyer was one of the Committee’s spokesmen after the elections. “The elections have many indications that do not give us peace of mind, so we cannot accept the percentages that are being made known to the Bolivian people,” he said at the time, highlighting that there were “sufficient evidence and well-founded suspicion that the process it has not been transparent and therefore the results should not be recognized ”.
Alert for the lack of judicial independence
The Bolivian lawyer Wilfredo Chavez, former minister and defender of the former president Evo Morales, he swore days ago as new attorney general with the promise of carrying out a “staunch defense of the interests of the State”.
In a ceremony at the Government House in La Paz, Chávez was sworn in before the country’s president, Luis Arce, with his left fist raised, a gesture typical of those related to the governmental Movement for Socialism (MAS).
Chávez was Minister of Government (Interior) of former President Morales between 2011 and 2012 and was also Vice Minister of Justice (2007-2009), Government Coordination (2009-2011) and Citizen Security (2018-2019). In recent months he dedicated himself to defending Morales against criminal proceedings initiated by the interim government and was also part of the MAS commission that coordinated the transfer of power with the outgoing authorities.
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