Human Rights Claims Against Ex-Bolivian Prez Greenlighted

By Carolina Bolado (May 20, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Tuesday allowed Torture Victims Protection Act claims to proceed against a former Bolivian president and ex-defense minister accused of planning attacks on civilians, finding the U.S. was likely the only place the family members of those killed would be able to pursue their grievances.

Although U.S. District Judge James Cohn nixed claims against former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and ex-Minister of Defense Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzain — who now reside in the U.S. — under the Alien Tort Statute, he allowed the claims brought under the TVPA.

The judge ruled that though the family members...

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