The former president of Bolivia tried to self-harm after prosecutors accused her of “genocide” the deaths of protesters in 2019.
An official said that the former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez, who was imprisoned in jail after attempting to commit suicide, was in a position of steady state.
“We can say without a doubt that her health is stable,” warden Juan Carlos Limpias told reporters on Sunday.
“Currently, she is in prison with her family. Family will be an important factor in helping her improve her mental state,” he added.
Anez’s daughter Carolina Ribera said that due to a long period of imprisonment, her mother was “severely depressed” and tried to live her own life on Saturday.
Norma Cueller, Anez’s lawyer, said that Anez hurt herself by cutting her forearm. “This is a call from the former president for help. She feels very harassed,” the lawyer told reporters.
Earlier this year, the 54-year-old Añez was accused of participating in a coup to overthrow the longtime former president Evo Morales in 2019.
She denied these allegations and said she was a victim of political persecution. She went to jail while awaiting trial.
On Friday, Attorney General Juan Lanchipa announced the “genocide” charges against Añez in two incidents in November 2019, in which 22 people were killed in clashes with the police.
The victim is a supporter of Morales.
Lanchipa said that he had submitted documents against her, in which these incidents were “temporarily classified as genocide, serious and minor injuries, and death after first injury.”
Anez also faces charges of terrorism, sedition and conspiracy.
The Bolivian opposition expressed regret for the government’s treatment of Añez and called for her release.
Former centrist President Carlos Mesa called for an end to her “political imprisonment” and asked for an independent investigation of her condition.
Anez’s family repeatedly asked the government to transfer her to a hospital for high blood pressure and other diseases.
After Morales resigned and fled the country, the conservative Añez came to power in November 2019, after his controversial re-election for a fourth term sparked weeks of violent protests.
She was sworn in as the interim president as the most senior left-wing congressman, but her political opponents condemned it as a coup.
Under Añez’s management, Bolivia held peaceful and transparent elections in October 2020, and Morales’ disciple Luis Arce won an overwhelming victory.
Als then promised to hunt down those accused of launching the coup.
The opposition in Bolivia condemned the country’s lack of separation of powers, saying that the courts, electoral agencies and the prosecutor’s office are all loyal to Arce.