October 24, 2003

MORALES SEEKS TRIAL OF FORMER BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT

Morales, a former presidential candidate and now a congressman, also repeated calls for trying Sanchez de Lozada, who has taken shelter in the United States, saying he fears for his own safety and that of his family at home.

Evo Morales, a leader of Indian coca farmers, helped lead the protests that toppled President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada last week after the president promoted a plan to export Bolivia's natural gas.
"We have to wait for better conditions. When gas is in the hands of transnationals, it is just a looting of our natural resources."
Morales, a former presidential candidate and now a congressman, also repeated calls for trying Sanchez de Lozada, who has taken shelter in the United States, saying he fears for his own safety and that of his family at home.
"We want to charge him with economic damages and crimes against humanity," Morales said. "We are soon going to see him in prison."

FULL STORY From Ioan Grillo on the Associated Press newswire