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Bolivia: The three alleged leaders of the failed coup taken into custody

Bolivia: The three alleged leaders of the failed coup taken into custody

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Bolivia: The three alleged leaders of the failed coup taken into custody

Former Bolivian army chief Gen. Juan José Zuniga and two other senior officers were accused of plotting Wednesday’s failed coup against President Luis Arce and were remanded in custody in a maximum-security prison on Saturday, AFP news agency reported.

On Friday, the courts ordered their detention for a period of six months in the prison of Chonchocoro, on the outskirts of El Alto, a municipality close to La Paz, while the investigation into the armed uprising takes several hours.

Bolivia: Three alleged leaders of failed coup arrested

Police officers escort vehicles carrying dismissed Bolivian army chief General Juan José Zuniga and two other top military officials during their transfer to the maximum-security prison of San Pedro de Chonchocoro, on the outskirts of El Alto, on June 29, 2024 © AFP – Ernesto BENAVIDES

General Zuniga, former Navy chief Vice Admiral Juan Arnez and former head of the mechanized brigade Alejandro Irahola are being prosecuted for “terrorism” and “armed rebellion” and face up to 20 years in prison.

A total of 21 active, retired and civilian soldiers were arrested in connection with the attempted coup, which saw troops equipped with armored vehicles besiege the presidential palace for several hours before withdrawing.

On Saturday, the interior minister said he had provided the courts with evidence showing that the military was planning a coup against Mr Arce.

Bolivia: Three alleged leaders of failed coup arrested

Aerial view of the maximum security prison San Pedro de Chonchocoro, in the suburbs of El Alto, June 29, 2024 © AFP – ERNESTO BENAVIDES

“We discovered a radio telegram” ordering a plane to be sent to repatriate special forces to La Paz, Eduardo Del Castillo told the press.

General Zuniga claimed to have acted on orders from the president, who asked him to “organize something to increase his popularity.” A version vigorously denied by Mr. Arce.

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