LA PAZ – Four army officers were ordered jailed by a court for torturing a corporal assigned to a special forces regiment by allegedly dunking his head into a barrel of water several times, Bolivian media reported on Sunday.
Lt. Col. Roberto Quiroz Pinto and 2nd Lts. Gustavo Cardoso Mejia, Jose Luis Copa and John Rosas Catacora, who claim the dunking was part of a training exercise, were taken to the San Pedro prison in the Andean city of Oruro.
Judge Augusto Peñafiel ordered the officers held in prison because they “are the possible authors of the crime of torture” and the images broadcast by a television channel have been confirmed, prosecutor Mirna Arancibia said.
The officers, who face torture and attempted murder charges, will probably face witnesses from the armed forces at trial, the prosecutor said.
The case broke in September, when a video was broadcast showing Cpl. Guido Flores Cortez being tortured.
Flores Cortez may also face charges if it is determined that he agreed to submit to the torture, Bolivian news agencies reported.Four Bolivian Army Officers Charged with Torturing Soldier (video)