The Bolivian government today issued a presidential decree of amnesty and pardon for prisoners with sentences of less than eight years and condemned with alternative measures, which hopes to benefit more than 2,500 defendants, informed official sources.
The issuance of this decree was made in the Casa Grande del Pueblo, the Bolivian Executive in La Paz, with the presence of the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales; the Ministers of Justice, Héctor Arce; Government (Interior), Carlos Romero; and Presidency, Alfredo Rada; and the Ombudsman, David Tezanos.
"Once again listening to the request of some detained brothers, a report comes through the Ministry of Government, Justice and the Ombudsman and together we project this presidential decree," Morales explained in an appearance before the press.
According to Morales, this decree hopes to benefit detainees for minor offenses that have under their responsibility infants, people with disabilities and pregnant women, among other cases.
For his part, the Minister of Justice said that this decree hopes to benefit 2,535 people, of these at least 1,035 with amnesty and 1,500 with pardon.
Arce explained that the amnesty will benefit people who are in preventive custody or alternative measures for crimes less than or equal to the penalty of five years of imprisonment, in addition to which creditors may be creditors for less than or equal crimes of eight years in prison, as long as there is an agreement with the victim.
In addition to defendants who are responsible for people with disabilities of serious or very serious, pregnant women or children under 1 year.
Those who have committed crimes of family violence, improper use of goods and services, breach of duty, contracts that are detrimental to the State, homicide, sedition, rape, pornography, corruption of minors and anti-economic behavior, among others, may not be benefited.
In the case of pardon, prisoners who have an enforceable sentence, house arrest or conditional freedom will be benefited if they are not repeat offenders, who suffer from a serious or terminal illness, women who are pregnant or have children under 6 years of age and who have fulfilled with the fourth part of his sentence, among other casuistry.
Arce said that this decree can not be applied to people who are linked to the crimes of treason, terrorism, possession or use of weapons, femicide, homicide, infanticide, contraband, corruption, when the victims are minors or when the State is a complainant party.
President Morales pointed out that this decree also contributes to put an end to the slowness of justice and that other rules are being worked on for the abbreviation of the criminal process.
The Bolivian government has previously issued several decrees of this type, called to remove prisoners from jails with sentences for crimes of little gravity or with pending lawsuits for the same reasons.