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Jeanine Áñez says she suffers from anorexia nervosa and is harassed in prison


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The former temporary president of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez He denounced this Friday, in a hearing, that he suffers from anorexia nervosa and that he receives harassment within the prison where he is serving his preventive detention for the investigation of the case called “coup d’etat.”


In a telematic hearing for the cessation of preventive detention, the former transitory president read her statement explaining previously that her “memory” is failing her and that it is “Victim of violence and psychological torture.”

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“Yesterday I was evaluated by my nutritionist with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, a diagnosis that undoubtedly aggravates my malnutrition picture”, he stated.

Áñez denounced that they are providing him with drugs that are “doubtful of effectiveness” and that on several occasions they caused him a lot of sleep and even hallucinations.

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She also stated that a group of women in the Miraflores prison, where she has been held in preventive detention for more than six months, yelled at her and insulted her and even came to sneak in “denigrating posters.”

“It is dangerous for me to go down to sunbathe in the corridor of the prison, which I have not done for more than a month, naturally these violations of my rights are committed before the insensitive gaze of the prison authorities“, he pointed.

He also argued that he is restricted from visiting his lawyers, that he was unable to have a direct interview with his psychiatrist and that he has already served his six-month preventive detention.

“I assume that the only thing the Government is looking for and is going to achieve is my death in the short term,” stressed the ex-president.


Añez suffered a decompensation in the middle of the hearing, so it was decided to resume it on Saturday, one of her lawyers, Norka Cuéllar, informed the media.

“We cannot, as a defense, verify the real state of the former president”, the lawyer denounced.

For its part, the Penitentiary Regime published a statement stating that Áñez suffered a “slight decompensation that prevented the continuity of his defense” and that he received attention from medical personnel.

“At the moment and under a medical report, the deprived of liberty Jeanine Áñez is stable and receives constant medical attention from the health personnel of the Penitentiary Regime”, the bulletin reads.

While Carolina Ribera, daughter of the former transitory president, denounced that at the hearing the attorney for the State Attorney General’s Office indicated that her mother is a “theater worker.”

“I demand respect from her, she has never been a theater and if these decompensations happen to her it is because she really has a very serious state of crisis”Said Ribera.

Summons to Camacho

The Prosecutor’s Office reported this Friday that it summoned the governor of Santa Cruz, the opposition Luis Fernando Camacho, to testify on October 7 in the framework of the investigation of the case called “coup” for which Áñez is being detained.

In the same way, next week former president Jorge Quiroga, Camacho’s father and businessman Samuel Doria Medina will also declare.

After hearing the summons, Camacho indicated that “they will not be able to intimidate us” and that he will continue with his work.

Camacho is one of the main defendants in the “coup d’état” case, initiated at the behest of the ruling party, and is being investigated for the alleged crimes of conspiracy and destabilization during the social and political crisis of 2019 that led to the resignation of Evo Morales to the Presidency denouncing an alleged coup, after the failed elections due to allegations of electoral fraud.

The Secretary of Justice of the Santa Cruz Government, Efraín Suárez, indicated that Camacho did not receive any official document of summons and pointed out that it is a “persecution of those who defended democracy” for which the Government of Luis Arce is “using politically” Justice.

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