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Preventive prison for the Bolivian military man accused of trafficking tear gas from Ecuador to repress the 2019 protests

Posted: Nov 25, 2021 18:05 GMT

The soldier was sent to the San Pedro jail, located in La Paz, where he will remain for at least six months.

The Bolivian Justice issued preventive detention against Army Colonel Héctor Pérez, accused of transferring tear gas from Ecuador to suppress protests against the de facto regime of Jeanine Áñez in November 2019, after the coup in the South American country.

The military He was sent to the San Pedro jail, located in La Paz, where he will stay for at least six months.

Pérez would have been an assistant to the former Defense Minister of the de facto administration, Luis Fernando López, another of those named for the transfer of anti-riot equipment, reported Página Siete.

The military man was arrested on Tuesday in Cobija, Pando department, and transferred to the offices of the Special Force to Fight Crime (FELCC) in the city of La Paz.

Anti-corruption prosecutor Eddy Flores reported that Pérez, along with a police officer, traveled to Ecuador in November 2019 to collect the chemical agents in a Hercules plane, in breach of Bolivian regulations.

“According to the theory, on November 15, 2019 this citizen and another official went to Ecuador to collect chemical agents, but without documentation or ministerial resolution and in breach of Law 400 [de Control de Armas de Fuego, Municiones, Explosivos y otros Materiales relacionados]”said the prosecutor.

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On November 5, the prosecutor of La Paz, William Alave, reported on the arrest of the former chief of the Armament and Equipment Department of the General Command of the Police William ., for his alleged responsibility in the transfer of these riot control materials from Ecuador.

Shipments from Ecuador and Argentina

This case, in which the former Minister of Government of the de facto administration, Arturo Murillo, is also investigated, is known as ‘Gases de Ecuador’; however, it also involves Argentina.

Last June, the Bolivian government revealed that in November 2019, weapons and ammunition were irregularly sent from Argentina, during the administration of Mauricio Macri, and Ecuador, under Lenín Moreno, to the Áñez administration.

5,000 hand grenades, 2,389 37-millimeter long-range projectiles, 560 37-millimeter short-range projectiles and 500 sound and flash grenades for exteriors were sent from Ecuador, according to a report sent by the Ecuadorian Minister of Government. Alexandra Vela, to the Sovereignty Commission of the National Assembly of her country.

While 40,000 cartridges of AT 12/70 rubber bullets arrived from Argentina, 18 MK-9 spray tear gas, five MK-4 spray tear gas, 50 CN gas grenades, 19 CS gas grenades and 52 gas grenades. HC, according to a letter made public by the Bolivian Foreign Minister, Rogelio Mayta.

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