Statement from Waldo Albarracin Sanchez, Ombudsman of Bolivia

December 2004

Dear friends:

I, like you, am disappointed with the sentence given by the Inter-American Court, because I feel it an unfortunate precedent for the Inter-American human rights system and the cause of indignation in the international community. Nonetheless, I must let you know that you shouldn't feel alone. At some time, justice will prevail over these crude ways of imposing and validating an inquisitorial judicial process which attack the right to a fair trial. Tell Lori that we admire her for her spiritual strength, her manner of thinking and her love for common people.

A fraternal hug and greeting,

Waldo Albarracin Sanchez Ombudsman of Bolivia (Defensor del Pueblo de Bolivia)