Bolivia’s ex-president tried to harm herself after prosecutors accused her of “genocide” for the deaths of protesters in 2019.
Incarcerated former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez is in “stable” condition after she attempted suicide when prosecutors charged her with “genocide” over the deaths of protesters in 2019, an official said.
“We can say without a doubt that her health is stable,” Juan Carlos Limpias, the director of the prisons, told reporters on Sunday.
“Currently she is in the penitentiary with her family. The family will be an important factor in helping to improve her mood,” he added.
Carolina Ribera, Anez’s daughter, said her mother made an attempt on her own life on Saturday due to “severe depression” from her long captivity.
Norma Cueller, Anez’s attorney, said Anez injured herself by cutting her forearms. “This is a cry for help from the former president. She feels very harassed,” the lawyer told reporters.
Anez, 54, was detained earlier this year on charges that she participated in a coup to oust longtime former president Evo Morales in 2019.
She denies the charges and says she is the victim of political persecution. She is in jail awaiting trial.
On Friday, Attorney General Juan Lanchipa announced “genocide” charges against Anez over two incidents in November 2019 in which a total of 22 people died in clashes with police.
The victims were supporters of Morales.
Lanchipa said he had filed documents against her in which the incidents were “provisionally classified as genocide, serious and minor injuries and injuries followed by death”.
Anez is also charged with terrorism, sedition and conspiracy.
The Bolivian opposition said it deplored the government’s treatment of Anez and called for her release.
Former centrist president Carlos Mesa demanded an end to her “political imprisonment” and called for an independent inquiry into her condition.
Anez’s family has repeatedly asked the government to transfer her to a hospital for treatment of hypertension and other conditions.
Conservative Anez came to power in November 2019 after Morales resigned and fled the country after weeks of violent protests over his controversial reelection to an unconstitutional fourth term.
She was sworn in as interim president as the highest-ranking parliamentarian on the left, but her political opponents called it a coup.
Under Anez’s rule, Bolivia held peaceful, transparent elections in October 2020, in which Morales’ protégé, Luis Arce, won a landslide victory.
Arce then vowed to prosecute those he accused of committing a coup.
Bolivia’s opposition has condemned the lack of separation of powers in the country, saying the courts, the electoral body and the prosecution are all loyal to Arce.