Ex-Bolivian Prez Says Claims Over Protest Killings Fall Flat

Law360, Miami (May 9, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT) -- A former Bolivian president and ex-defense minister on Friday urged a Florida federal judge to dismiss claims that they planned attacks on civilians that killed dozens in an attempt to suppress protests in 2003, saying the plaintiffs had failed to allege they made a plan to kill unarmed civilians.

In a hearing before U.S. District Judge James Cohn, attorneys for former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and ex-minister of defense Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzain added that none of the conduct at issue took place in the U.S. and that the Bolivian plaintiffs had failed to exhaust their available remedies in Bolivia,...

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