“Gas war” protest victims’ hopeful to bring former Bolivian president to trial

Victims of Bolivia’s gas war protests are calling on the international community to demand the extradition of former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado who currently resides in the U.S. Sanchez de Lozado has been accused of genocide for death of more than 40 people during the October 2003 protests in the city of El Alto. He promptly resigned and fled the country. The gas wars protested gas exports through Chilean ports, resulting in two weeks of intense protests with over 400 injured by military and police (La Razon). Though unsuccessful in their extradition attempts for the past 13 years, Rogelio Mayta, a lawyer representing eight of the victims’ families, has filed lawsuit against Sanchez de Lozado with a hearing set for 2018. In June 2016, a U.S. federal appeals court rejected attempts to block the suit against the former President, explaining that the 1992 Torture Victim Protection Act allows victims’ families to file civil suits. (La Prensa).