Brazil diplomat helps Bolivian senator escape

A Brazilian diplomat has resigned following his own revelations that he helped a Bolivian opposition senator escape to Brazil after he was holed up for 15 months in Brasilia’s embassy in La Paz. Sen Roger Pinto, an opponent of Bolivian President Evo Morales, made his escape August 23 in an embassy car escorted by Brazilian marines, driving 22 hours to the southwestern Brazilian city of Corumba, 1,600 kilometers from La Paz. Eduardo Saboia, the Brazilian charge d’affaires in La Paz, said he took the personal decision to help Pinto escape “because there was an imminent threat to the life and dignity of the senator.” Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca expressed “deep concern over the transgression of the principle of reciprocity and international courtesy.”

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