Today in Latin American History
Bolivian Supreme Court Sentence Former Dictator to Jail in 1993
Photo: Luis Garcia Meza
Today in Latin American history, the Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentenced former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution in 1993.
García Meza was tried and convicted in absentia for the serious human rights violations incurred by his regime.
In 1995, he was extradited to Bolivia from Brazil and is still serving a 30 year prison sentence, in the same prison where he once kept his enemies.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the first President of Chile Manuel Blanco Encalada who was in office in 1826 was born in 1790
- Today in LatAm history, Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading a movement for Brazil’s independence, was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1792
- Today in LatAm history, Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836
- Today in LatAm history, a German arms shipment to Mexico was intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz in 1914
- Today in LatAm history, Brasília, Brazil’s capital, was officially inaugurated simultaneously transferring powers from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro in 1960
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian banker and politician Tancredo de Almeida Neves who took office in 1985 died in 1985