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  • An investigation points to the victim being sexually assaulted in a cell, by several police officers

    An investigation points to the victim being sexually assaulted in a cell, by several police officers | Photo: Reuters file

Published 16 March 2019

According to Orlando Aramayo, the prosecutor assigned to the case, the eight men are in custody while the woman has been released. 

A Bolivian prosecutor has slapped nine police officers with charges following the report of a rape case by a Brazilian woman, who was in prison. Eight of the officers have been accused of rape, and one other for concealment, according to Bolivia's Attorney General. 

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According to Orlando Aramayo, the prosecutor assigned to the case, the eight men who are accused of rape are in custody, while the woman has been released. 

An investigation - which began on March 6 - points to the victim being sexually assaulted in a cell, by several police officers, in the town of Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. 

The accused have all surrendered to the requirements of psychological and forensic assessment. The location of the crime has been recorded, and the woman has identified the perpetrators by name. 

On Wednesday, a police lineup and ocular inspection were carried out with the victim and statements from the suspects were obtained. 

"The Ministry of Justice joins the investigation in the Rurrenabaque prison rape case."

In a video that was recorded when Yerko Nuñez, a senator of the Democratic Party, visited the woman while she was in custody, the plaintiff recounted being threatened at gunpoint, attacked and forced to have an abortion, by one of the aggressors who impregnated her. 

A prosecutor from the Beni department, Nuria Gonzales, previously reviewed a report of the 21-year-old woman's accusations, which detailed she had been serving a three-year sentence that was ordered in 2018. 


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