The former mayor of Santa Cruz, Angélica Sosa, arrested in the framework of an investigation for corruption

A Bolivian judge has ordered the preventive detention for a period of six months of the former mayor of Santa Cruz Angélica Sosa in the framework of an investigation for alleged corruption and has imposed her entry into the Palmasola prison.

The anti-corruption judge Juan José Quiroz has asked the head of Palmasola to "put the accused Angélica Sosa in immediate preventive detention" for "crime of breach of duties and uneconomic conduct", as reported by the Bolivian state news agency, ABI.

Sosa was immediately transferred to jail in the midst of an important security deployment, after the Prosecutor’s Office requested that she be admitted to prison due to a risk of escape and of obstruction of investigations into an alleged corruption network.

The former mayor went from being cited as a witness in the case by this alleged network, which operated under the Mayor’s Office of Percy Fernández and her own, although she was later charged with breach of duties, legitimation of illicit profits, wasteful conduct and harmful contracts to the state.

Sosa was arrested Wednesday at a hospital after a former official implicated in this network accused her of organizing it with the complicity of her husband, Sergio Perovic. The former mayor later called "scoundrel" to this official, Javier Cedeño.

During the last hearing, Sosa said that the case seeks "assassinate her politically" and described his detention as "illegal", according to the Bolivian newspaper ‘El Deber’. He also accused the current mayor, Jhonny Fernández, of having signed a governance agreement with Percy Fernández.

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