Lawyers and relatives of the leader of the opposition and the governor of Santa Cruz, Luis Fernando Camachodetainees in connection with the 2019 crisis reiterated their complaint that the Bolivian prison authorities are using “torture” depriving him of specialized medical care and limiting his visits.
Speaking to a news agency EFEThe governor’s lawyer, Martin Camacho, said this Friday that because of the “restrictions” that have been put in place “You can’t know what the true state of health is” of the governor of Santa Cruz and know why he’s losing weight.
Gov. Camacho appeared on Wednesday at a virtual hearing in a case called “coup d’état I” in which he was seen to have lost a lot of weight, which his defense attributed to “an apparent deterioration in his health.”
“It’s not the desire of Luis Fernando (Camacho) to show himself, it does not stem from the desire to put on a show”the lawyer said.
The governor is suffering Churg Strauss Syndrome, a disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels and can lead to permanent damage to organs and their tissues, which requires special treatment in addition to ongoing medical examinations, to which arterial hypertension is added.
The lawyer pointed out that Camacho weighed 54 kilograms, according to a report by prison authorities, so it is believed that during his almost seven months of detention in December 2022, he was able to lose up to 20 kilograms. “That’s why we need a medical assessment,” he said.
Added to this is “disconnection”, since was not allowed to receive visitors, work and was forbidden to “go outside” because he “doesn’t leave his cell for a minute a day,” he added.
These aspects are classified as “white torture” and are intended for “break him psychologically”the governor’s attorney said.
For their part, the governor’s children said in a statement that their father “should be examined at a specialized center” and that, depriving him of this opportunity, the prison administration used “torture” on him.
“We are very concerned about his health, so we ask that their human rights are respected“, their children emphasized.
The national director of the penitentiary regime, Juan Carlos Limpias, rejected “any allegation of torture involving the prison administration” and stressed that Camacho “guaranteed” access to visits and medical assistance “is available 24 hours a day.”
He added that any medical examination outside of prison “should be ordered by a competent judge.”
Mariana Garcia, national head of prison health, who He said that Camacho refused to visit a specialist such as a physiotherapist several times.
Governor obeys pre-trial detention since the end of last year, accused of terrorism and other crimes in the case of the so-called “coup d’état I”, related to the 2019 crisis.
The government claims the protests after the disrupted 2019 elections were a “coup d’état” against then-president Evo Morales, while the opposition believes they were caused by The reaction of citizens after the fraud of the elections.
(As reported by EFE)