Letter published at Bolivian Solidarity Network, January 30, 2007
As Goni and other ministers sheltering in the
The declaration is an official statement that these three men are not properly submitting themselves to the demands of the Bolivian justice system, for they have neither personally come to
The action of the Supreme Court follows the Bolivian Attorney General’s decision a few weeks prior to present an “imputación formal” against these three men. The “imputación formal” is not an accusation, but rather, a declaration that attributes to these three men the possibility of criminal activity that is under investigation.
For those of you following the campaign to bring Sanchez de Lozada and his ex-ministers to justice, you will recall that we had previously been trying to pressure the
This particular step—the
The Bolivian Attorney General has announced that there exists sufficient legal evidence to indicate that all three of these men are aware of the proceedings underway in
Now that the men have been declared “rebeldes,” the next step will be the sending of an order of extradition from the Bolivian Supreme Court to the Bolivian embassy in the
Unlike the earlier request for notification, in which there was no relevant treaty which obligated the
Those of us involved in the international campaign to end impunity, and bring Sanchez de Lozada and his collaborators back to Bolivia for the trial, are being asked by the family members of those killed in the massacre of September/October 2003 to increase our efforts in the U.S. and throughout the world to share the news of these important developments, to continue and increase our campaign of pressure on the U.S. government to assist in and not to obstruct the process of justice for the Bolivian people.
We need to tell the world that Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, Carlos Sanchez Berzain and Jorge Berindoague are facing extradition for the horrific events of September/October 2003. We need to work together to identify strategies to educate solidarity-minded citizens and pressure the
Please of actions you are taking in your area with regard to this case. In the next few weeks, we will be sending along an informational report which further clarifies the status of the investigation, and in particular, offers answers to some of the likely messages that Sanchez de Lozada and his allies will be propagating in their own campaign against the extradition process. We are also preparing some of the personal reflections from family members of the fallen for use in a variety of settings.
One priority at this time is to send to the
Please let me know ASAP if you are aware of groups or individuals who might offer support for this delegation to travel to the
I look forward to hearing from you with questions, ideas and, most importantly, your plans for bringing Sanchez de Lozada to justice in 2007.
You can also sign a letter to US president George W Bush demand the extradition of Goni here
For more information on the campaign visit the website of El Comité Impulsor del Juicio de Responsabilidades a Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada y sus Colaboradores