Friday, 10 July 2009

Bolivia: Arce Gomez Deported

Ex-colonel Luis Arce Gomez has been deported to his native Bolivia after serving a fifteen year sentence for drug trafficking in the US.

Arce Gomez was formerly Minister of the Interior in Bolivia's 1980-81 dictatorship. The military perpetrator, who counted Nazi Klaus Barbie among his acquaintances and once issued a notorious warning that opponents should "walk around with their wills under their arms", is now a shadow of his former self as he embarks on a thirty year prison sentence.

Bolivian President Evo Morales welcomed the development and thanked the United States for their cooperation.

Luis Arce-Gomez Deported to Bolivia (Guardian)

U.S. Deports Ex-Bolivian Cabinet Minister Convicted of Drug Trafficking (Miami Herald)

Dictatorship-Era Repressor Arrives in Bolivia after Deportation (Latin American Herald Tribune)

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