Bolivian ex-president Anez is sentenced to ten years in prison for plotting a coup
A Bolivian court convicted former President Jeanine Anez of staging a coup that brought her to the office during a political crisis in 2019 on Friday.
She received a ten-year jail term while a former military commander and a former police general were also found guilty.
Anez, 54, was convicted of making “decisions contrary to the constitution” and of “dereliction of duty.
“She was accused of taking office after the resignation of then-President Evo Morales in 2019.
The case has exposed political fault lines in a deeply divided country and fueled concerns about the judicial process.
Anez maintains she is innocent.
Anez was not allowed to attend the trial in person, instead of following the hearing and participating from prison.
She has been detained since her arrest in March 2021 on initial charges of terrorism, sedition, and conspiracy.
Rights group are concerned about how this case has been pursued and are calling on superior courts to examine how the proceedings were conducted.
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