Boliva’s MP presents indictment against 9 former employees of Jeanine Áñez

The Public Ministry of Bolivia presented the formal indictment against nine former employees of the government of Jeanine Áñez for illicit enrichment and influence peddling last Thursday (14). The case refers to the purchase of tear gas and other non-lethal weapons at overpriced prices from US companies in November 2019, during the coup administration.

Among the accused are former ministers Arturo Murillo (Government) and Luis Fernando López (Defense), who would have directly benefited from Supreme Decree 4090, signed on November 29, 2019 by then President Jeanine Áñez, which authorized the Ministry of Defense the purchase of non-lethal ammunition.

The purchase had as intermediary the American company Bravo Tactical Solutions (BTS), which would be related to Sergio Mendez, who was chief of staff of the then Minister of Government, Arturo Murillo.

The contract was approved with a value of US$ 2.3 million (about R$ 12.6 million) above the market, of which US$ 582 thousand (R$ 3.2 million) would have been in bribes to Sergio Mendez.

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Part of the evidence contained in the indictment was offered by the United States, which holds Arturo Murillo, accused of bribery by the US justice system.

Bolivia requested the extradition of Murillo from Washington, as well as reiterated the request to Brazil for the extradition of Luis Fernando López, a former defense minister, who fled in November 2020 to Brazilian territory.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil so far has not confirmed the presence of López in the national territory, nor has it responded to the request of the Bolivian Foreign Ministry.

The Public Ministry triggered Interpol’s red alert to locate the former Minister of Defense, considered a fugitive from justice.

Editing: Thales Schmidt

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