Complaint against Evo and former Bolivian authorities reaches the Court of The Hague

A group of 10 Bolivian citizens, whose identity is kept confidential, filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against former President and various former authorities for a series of crimes against humanity, among which the systematic attacks on the civilian population for ideological-political reasons stand out.

Alfonso M. Dorado, lawyer authorized before the ICC who represents the complainantsexplained the scope of this complaint, which, in accordance with international procedures, is being analyzed by the Hague Prosecutor’s Office, according to a note published by the ABI agency.

“We consider that there are several facts that would deserve to be considered from the point of view of against humanity. Not only was it the generalized attack of 2019, but there were also others against the civilian population, « Dorado reported.

The complaint against Morales and former ministers, filed on November 30, 2019 before the International Criminal Court, details events committed between October 27 and November 20, 2019, after the alleged electoral fraud that occurred on October 20 of last year.

On February 25, 2020, the ICC Prosecutor’s Office ordered a legal analysis of the events, a situation that the complainants took advantage of to expand the demand for discontinuous and political events during the government of , leader of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS).

The expansion includes « criminal » events that occurred between June 9, 2006 and November 20, 2019. The cases that stand out are: Papelpampa (Oruro), Yungas de Vandiola, Posokoni (Huanuni, Potosí), Urresti Case, repression of the disabled, Hotel Las Américas Case, Chaparina, Panduro, El Porvenir Case , the fire of the Mayor’s Office of El Alto and others.

Little victory

The lawyer described the decision of the Hague Prosecutor’s Office to initiate the legal analysis as a « mini victory » of facts considering the existence of a sufficient probative basis and serious elements, capable of opening a preliminary examination and an investigation.

“From a procedural point of view it’s a very good mini win in the procedure because in a few months the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICC has instructed that legal study of the case because it deserves and is serious, « he said.

According to Dorado, the expansion under the angle of crimes against humanity will allow each case to be reviewed again and fact that he was not prosecuted in Bolivia and others who were abandoned to try to obtain justice.

Process and deadlines

The Hague Prosecutor’s Office does not establish procedural deadlines And each stage of the process could take months, even years.

For example, the case of Venezuela that reported events that occurred in 2017 took 18 months to open the preliminary examination and not the investigation.

The lawyer in charge of the Bolivia case explained that expanding the complaint implies collecting more evidence, look for more victims and there is a risk that the process will delay in the Prosecutor’s Office before starting an investigation.

The process is in the legal analysis phaseThen there is a preliminary examination and, if warranted, an investigation by the Criminal Court of The Hague continues.

Victims and other complaints

Dorado explained that in the analysis stage it is necessary to add more evidence and testimonies. As the person in charge of the case, he set up an e-mail address, tests.bolivia.cpi@protonmail.com, so that anyone who considers himself a victim of physical, psychological or systematic violence in the events described above can send their stories that will be systematized and attached to the initial complaint.

«All the people who consider themselves victims in 2019 and also of the others will be able to do so from a website or email by sending their tests and filming. We have enough and then we will do a systematization work, « he said.

A group of 10 Bolivian citizens, whose identity is kept confidential, filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against former President and various former authorities for a series of crimes against humanity, among which the systematic attacks on the civilian population for ideological-political reasons stand out.

Alfonso M. Dorado, lawyer authorized before the ICC who represents the complainantsexplained the scope of this complaint, which, in accordance with international procedures, is being analyzed by the Hague Prosecutor’s Office, according to a note published by the ABI agency.

“We consider that there are several facts that would deserve to be considered from the point of view of against humanity. Not only was it the generalized attack of 2019, but there were also others against the civilian population, « Dorado reported.

The complaint against Morales and former ministers, filed on November 30, 2019 before the International Criminal Court, details events committed between October 27 and November 20, 2019, after the alleged electoral fraud that occurred on October 20 of last year.

On February 25, 2020, the ICC Prosecutor’s Office ordered a legal analysis of the events, a situation that the complainants took advantage of to expand the demand for discontinuous and political events during the government of , leader of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS).

The expansion includes « criminal » events that occurred between June 9, 2006 and November 20, 2019. The cases that stand out are: Papelpampa (Oruro), Yungas de Vandiola, Posokoni (Huanuni, Potosí), Urresti Case, repression of the disabled, Hotel Las Américas Case, Chaparina, Panduro, El Porvenir Case , the fire of the Mayor’s Office of El Alto and others.

Little victory

The lawyer described the decision of the Hague Prosecutor’s Office to initiate the legal analysis as a « mini victory » of facts considering the existence of a sufficient probative basis and serious elements, capable of opening a preliminary examination and an investigation.

“From a procedural point of view it’s a very good mini win in the procedure because in a few months the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICC has instructed that legal study of the case because it deserves and is serious, « he said.

According to Dorado, the expansion under the angle of crimes against humanity will allow each case to be reviewed again and fact that he was not prosecuted in Bolivia and others who were abandoned to try to obtain justice.

Process and deadlines

The Hague Prosecutor’s Office does not establish procedural deadlines And each stage of the process could take months, even years.

For example, the case of Venezuela that reported events that occurred in 2017 took 18 months to open the preliminary examination and not the investigation.

The lawyer in charge of the Bolivia case explained that expanding the complaint implies collecting more evidence, look for more victims and there is a risk that the process will delay in the Prosecutor’s Office before starting an investigation.

The process is in the legal analysis phaseThen there is a preliminary examination and, if warranted, an investigation by the Criminal Court of The Hague continues.

Victims and other complaints

Dorado explained that in the analysis stage it is necessary to add more evidence and testimonies. As the person in charge of the case, he set up an e-mail address, tests.bolivia.cpi@protonmail.com, so that anyone who considers himself a victim of physical, psychological or systematic violence in the events described above can send their stories that will be systematized and attached to the initial complaint.

«All the people who consider themselves victims in 2019 and also of the others will be able to do so from a website or email by sending their tests and filming. We have enough and then we will do a systematization work, « he said.

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