Evo demands Peru yank asylum status for wanted Bolivian ex-ministers

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales called upon the government of Peru Sept. 3 to suspend the political refuge status that it has granted three former Bolivian cabinet ministers who face criminal charges in their home country. “I don’t understand how asylum can be given to delinquents,” he said at a press conference in La Paz. Bolivia is seeking the return of Mirtha Quevedo, Javier Torres Gotilla and Jorge Torres Obleas, who served in the cabinet of Gonzalo “Goni” Sánchez de Lozada, himself exiled in the US. “Goni” and the three ex-ministers are all wanted on “genocide” charges in Bolivia for their role in the deadly repression of protests in October 2003. (La Primera, Lima, Sept 4)

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