| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Former Bolivian President Anez harmed herself while in jail – lawyer

After police reported what they described as an attempted suicide, former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez injured herself by slashing her lower arms while in jail on Saturday, according to her lawyer Norka Cuellar.

“The former president is pleading for assistance. She’s been tormented for a long time, and she’s fed up with it “Reporters were informed by the lawyer.

“The doctor entered and discovered her with cuts. She has three wounds on her left wrist, which have been sutured “Cuellar explained.

Anez was detained earlier this year over accusations that she participated in a coup to oust longtime former President Evo Morales in 2019. She has denied the allegations and says she is a victim of political persecution. She is in jail while awaiting trial.

Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo on Saturday confirmed that Anez had apparently tried to hurt herself but was now in stable condition.

“What happened is within the definition of attempted suicide,” Douglas Uzquiano, head of the special anti-crime unit (FELCC) of the national police, told local television.

Anez was briefly taken to a hospital from jail on Wednesday, her third hospital trip in two weeks. Doctors said she had a thorax exam and is suffering from hypertension. She was later returned to jail.

  • Reuters