Saturday 18 November 2017

Two charged after teen buried alive

Villagers in a Quechua community in Bolivia have buried alive a man suspected of murder (AP/Juan Karita)
Villagers in a Quechua community in Bolivia have buried alive a man suspected of murder (AP/Juan Karita)

Two members of an indigenous Quechua community in Bolivia's highlands will be tried for murder, accused of leading a mob that buried alive a teenager suspected of raping and killing a woman.

Casiano Sandi and Felicia Vargas have also been charged with inciting a mob and criminal association, prosecutor Milton Jara said.

Jose Luis Barrios, the chief prosecutor in Potosi province where the lynching took place, said earlier that police had identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as the possible culprit in the attack on 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco on Sunday in a Quechua community near the district of Colquechaca.

He said more than enraged 200 community members seized Ramos and buried him alive alongside his alleged victim on Wednesday night.

A bound Ramos was brought to the woman's funeral and thrown into her grave along with her coffin, said a local reporter for an indigenous radio station.

Colquechaca is a town of 5,000 207 miles south east of Bolivia's capital La Paz.

Lynchings sometimes occur in rural and poor parts of Bolivia where police and other authorities are scarce.

Bolivia's 2009 constitution recognises indigenous justice and allows community leaders to mete out punishment for minor infractions, according to their ancestral customs. But that does not include killings and other major crimes.

Press Association

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