Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Washington Post - An ATS lawsuit was filed today in a U.S. District Court in Maryland charging Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, two-time president of Bolivia, with allegedly presiding over a 2003 government crackdown that left 67 civilians dead and 400 injured.

Filed by a group of 10 victims' family members, this marks the most notable civil suit against a foreign former head of state residing in the United States since legal action was brought against former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s. The suit seeks damages against Sanchez de Lozada for allegedly authorizing his military to use deadly force during a series of protests that resulted in an alleged civilian "massacre." A similar suit is also scheduled to be unsealed today in Florida against Jose Carlos Sanchez Berzain, a former Sanchez de Lozada government minister who now lives in Miami.