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Uruguayan Woman’s Hearing in Bolivia Postponed Due to Prosecution’s Notification Error

A hearing scheduled for this Friday to expel a Uruguayan woman from Bolivia for possession of marijuana has been postponed to July 11. The woman’s mother was released earlier this week after being acquitted.

According to sources close to the case, the Prosecutor’s Office had not been properly notified about the hearing, and the prosecutor in charge of the case was unavailable due to another scheduled hearing. As a result, the hearing was postponed until next Thursday.

The two women, a mother and daughter, have been in prison for over three months after being arrested at the El Alto airport in Bolivia. Seven grams of marijuana were seized from their belongings during the arrest.

The hearing scheduled for this Friday was expected to begin the process of obtaining a conviction for the crime of consumption. However, the case has taken a complex turn, and the lawyer for both women, Rodrigo Rey, believes that the situation will not be easy to resolve.

"There are two tourists detained. It was an involuntary error, but 104 days of detention in a prison at 4,000 meters above sea level is a sufficient consequence for an error of this nature, having seven grams by mistake in a suitcase," Rey said.

The lawyer expressed concerns about the release order, stating that it took some work to execute, which foreshadows and warns of the challenges ahead for the daughter’s case.

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