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You can run, but you can’t hide: Police discover Bolivian ex-caretaker President Añez under the bed

Former interim Bolivian president Jeanine Añez was discovered cowering in a box under the bed when she was arrested by police in the early hours of Saturday reported El Deber.

The politician was detained as part of a raid on her relatives’ home in the city of Trinidad, Beni province.

As a result of the operation, police detained 3 people, including the politician’s daughter.

Bolivian television also aired images of the arrest of former energy minister Rodrigo Guzman and former justice minister Alvaro Coimbra.

The ex-caretaker president will now be prosecuted for actions that former president of the country Evo Morales had denounced as “abuse and political persecution”.

On Saturday, Bolivian police transferred Jeanine Añez to La Paz for her to testify in an ongoing coup d’état probe.

An arrest warrant for her was issued as part of the prosecution’s investigation into the events in the country in late October-November 2019. At the time, large-scale popular demonstrations forced former President Evo Morales to resign in events the prosecution considers a coup.

According to the court filing shared by Bolivian news outlet Kawsachun News, Añez and nine other senior officials from her administration are charged with ‘terrorism, sedition and conspiracy’.

Añez earlier went on Twitter to say that “the political persecution has begun”.

Then-opposition vice-speaker of the Senate, Jeanine Añez, became interim president after Evo Morales resigned as president, along with most of his ministers, and fled Bolivia in November 2019, under pressure from the military.

The Bolivian opposition, led by Carlos Mesa, had decried mass violations during the October 2019 vote.

As power in the country was assumed by Añez, members of the Mas (Movement Toward Socialism) party accused her of being in cahoots with police and military figures to engineer Evo Morales’ overthrow.

Jeanine Añez subsequently left office in early November when Luis Arce from the Movement for Socialism (MAS) took office after a in a landslide election on 18 October.

Morales applauded Arce’s victory by saying that it was a “great triumph of the people,” returning to Bolivia in November 2020.

Source: Svetlana Ekimenko – SPUTNIK