Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Fair justice in Bolivia, in particular the cases of Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadic

Delivered in Plenary - 21 November 2013

Mr President

The arbitrary detention of EU citizens Elód Tóásó and Mario Tadic in Bolivia represents a serious breach of human rights and the rule of law.

Since the return of a civilian democratic government in Bolivia in 1982, much has been done to attempt to re-establish properly functioning state institutions.

But cases like this highlight the very real problems that still remain. The dysfunctional judicial system, for instance, still presents many challenges, particularly regarding the events surrounding the dictatorship period prior to 1982, and the length of time it takes to process cases is a serious problem.

Elód Tóásó and Mario Tadic have been in prison since April 2009 without trial and, for eight months, without any formal or informal charges brought in a court. The events surrounding their arrest are still unclear and it is troubling that no investigation review has been commissioned into the incident, during which the three other people lost their lives.

I am pleased that we have been able to highlight their cases in Parliament today and I hope that we will soon see justice being done by means of a fair and free independent trial with diplomatic missions in La Paz observing the process.