Bolivia’s transitional government seeks to prosecute Morales before the International Criminal Court

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Bolivia’s interim government plans to sue former President Evo Morales for “crimes against humanity” before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Interior Minister Arturo Morillo said Friday.

Moreau told state radio “Patria Nueva” that the government would file the case “in the next few days.”

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has the power to prosecute individuals who commit crimes against humanity.

Morio also filed a criminal complaint last week against Morales in Bolivian courts, accusing him of inciting sedition and terrorism over allegations that the former president called on his supporters to besiege cities, cut fuel and food.

“Because of what he has done and what he continues to do, he must be brought to justice with those who participated in the tragic events of the Bolivians,” Morillo said.

If convicted, Morales, who fled to Mexico after resigning on November 10, could face up to 30 years in prison in Bolivia.

Morales accused the interim government of committing “genocide” after 32 people, mostly indigenous supporters, were killed in the post-election violence.

Morales denied any wrongdoing, saying he was being persecuted for leading a pro-poor government and indigenous people and for nationalizing gas and other natural resources.

Last week, Congress gave the green light to new presidential elections in which Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, was seeking a fourth term after 14 years in office in the impoverished and resource-rich country.

In his radio interview, Morillo expressed concern about an Argentine human rights group based in the country. “We recommend these foreigners arriving … be careful. We see you and follow you,” he said.

He stressed that “there is no tolerance for terrorism or incitement to sedition or armed movements, absolutely zero tolerance.”

“While the de facto government accuses us of being terrorists, we have embarked on what we came for, gathering testimonies of the various human rights violations against the Bolivian people,” the Argentine human rights group later announced on Twitter.

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