Monday, May 11, 2009

Bolivian Ministers Seek Asylum in Peru.

Three ministers who served under former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada are seeking asylum in Peru, the Associated Foreign Press reported over the weekend.

They fled Bolivia after the Morales administration revealed plans to bring formal charges against them on May 18th. The ministers are accused of aiding the killing of 65 people in October 2003 when the government put down a popular uprising using the military and security forces. Peru's foreign minister, Jose Garcia Antonio Belaunde, affirmed that one minister has already been granted asylum while the other two applications are still under review.

This incident comes on the heels of a similar tension in the region. Peru granted asylum to Venezuelan opposition leader Manuel Rosales, which resulted in Venezuela recalling its ambassador from Lima.

Online sources: AFP, Reuters

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