Bolivia asks Brazil to extradite former minister

Bolivia’s government minister, Eduardo Del Castillo, said his country will request the extradition of former Defense Minister Luis Fernando López to Brazil. López is accused of being the mastermind behind the assassination attempt on President Luis Arce in November 2020 and has been a fugitive from Bolivian justice for the past year.

According to the Bolivian Police, López would have fled from Bolivia to Brazil soon after Luis Arce took office in November 2020, and is still on national territory. Jeanine Áñez’s former government official entered Brazil via Corumbá, Mato Grosso do Sul, on November 5th. The entry was not confirmed by the Federal Police.

Bolivia and Brazil signed an extradition treaty in 1942 to facilitate legal proceedings in both countries.

O Brazil in fact questioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if there will be an official response to Bolivia’s request, however until the publication of this report there has been no response.

Last Monday (18), the Bolivian government minister released new evidence on the attack carried out against President Luis Arce at the end of 2020.

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Recordings of phone calls between López and US officials reveal details of the operation. In the dialogue, the US side requests that the then Defense Minister send a C130 aircraft to pick up military personnel at a Pentagon Southern Command base in Miami.

Everything would go through a contract with an estimated 10,000 paramilitaries and coordination with the Bolivian National Police. The official also emphasizes that for the operation to be successful, the military should appear as private contractors “without any representation from the American State”.

According to the Bolivian government, German Alejandro Rivera García, a former captain of the Colombian army and one of the paramilitaries who coordinated operations in La Paz in 2020, was also responsible for the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, in June 2021.

In addition to Luis Fernando López, former president Jeanine Áñez and six former employees of her interim government are being investigated for crimes of terrorism, conspiracy and sedition.

Edition: Thales Schmidt

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