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Ex-Bolivian Leader Charged With Treason Over Missiles


Bolivia's former president has been charged with treason for allegedly ordering the country's only missiles sent to the United States for destruction.

Bolivian Attorney-General Pedro Gareca announced the charges against former interim President Eduardo Rodriguez Thursday. They could bring a 30-year prison sentence.

Mr. Rodriguez has said he authorized the disposal of the missiles but not their transfer to the United States.

Former Defense Minister Gonzalo Mendez and former armed forces chief Admiral Marco Justiniano, were also charged.

Current Bolivian President Evo Morales shook up his country's military command two months ago because of the destruction of the roughly 30 shoulder-fired missiles.

Washington has previously denied charges of a secret, U.S.-led operation to remove the missiles. The U.S. says it complied in good faith with a Bolivian government request for assistance in disposing of outdated arms.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.