LA PAZ – Twenty prosecutors accused of corruption have been fired so far this year, Bolivian Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero said Thursday.
The two most recent cases where those of prosecutor Litzie Torrico Baptista, in the eastern province of Santa Cruz, and Augusto Marin Soria, in La Paz, both accused of illicit enrichment.
Guerrero said that since he took office in 2012, roughly 80 prosecutors and a similar number of support personnel have been fired under “an internal policy of transparency and purging bad public servants.”
“Our action ... is not opportunistic, it does not respond to a specific circumstance, but is instead part of a policy of institutional transparency,” he said, noting that his office had tried and convicted a number of senior prosecutors who are now serving prison sentences.
The attorney general pointed out that the prosecution service is the only agency with an internal investigation unit that monitors employees’ personal finances to detect discrepancies between salary and assets.