Two ministers of jailed former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez have been sentenced to two years behind bars for their role in the plot that led to the resignation of former leader Evo Morales in 2019, a judge said Tuesday. Former Justice Minister Alvaro Coimbra and Energy Minister Rodrigo Guzman were convicted of concealment and criminal conspiracy. According to the prosecution's prosecution, the two men were aware of a plan to bring down Evo Morales but did not denounce it. Criminal judge Helmer Laura handed down a "sentence of two years' deprivation of liberty for these offences".
Violent and massive protests forced Evo Morales to resign in November 2019, for alleged fraud in the elections that took place the same year. He was campaigning for a fourth consecutive term (2006-2019) which would have kept him as head of state until 2025. Evo Morales was then replaced for a year by Jeanine Anez, who was the second vice president of the Senate at the time.
Soon to be released
Coimbra and Guzman were arrested in March 2021 along with Jeanine Anez, who was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2022 in a separate trial. They admitted the facts to avoid a heavier sentence. The former ministers, the first to be convicted in the 2019 political crisis, have already served their sentences and are expected to be released soon, according to their lawyers. Jeanine Anez, despite facing the same charges, is waiting in prison to be tried by the country's highest criminal court, as a former leader.