Dozens of Bolivia Prosecutors Dismissed for Corruption

insight crimeAuthorities in Bolivia say they have dismissed 60 prosecutors for corruption this year, a sign that corruption endures within the judiciary despite government efforts aimed at addressing the issue.

Speaking at a November 15 press conference, Bolivian Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero said that 60 prosecutors had been dismissed so far this year on suspicion of corruption, out of a nationwide total of 508 officials holding this position, reported the government press agency Agencia Boliviana de Información.

Guerrero also said that 200 prosecutors are currently being investigated for various wrongdoings, ranging from minor offenses to more serious ones. The statements came the same day that a judge ordered pre-trial detention for Ánghelo Saravia on corruption charges, marking the second time this year a former prosecutor has been sent to prison. …

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