11th Circ. Greenlights Torture Claims Against Ex-Bolivian Prez

By Carolina Bolado (June 16, 2016, 8:18 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that family members of civilians killed in attacks in Bolivia are not barred from pursuing their Torture Victims Protection Act claims against a former president and defense minister because they had exhausted their remedies in Bolivia.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court affirmed a decision allowing the TVPA claims brought by family members of those killed in 2003 protests against former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and ex-Minister of Defense Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzain.

The court said ruling otherwise as the defendants requested would require rewriting the statute.

"The defendants contend that the fact the...

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