President Evo Morales plans to file legal action against the US
president for crimes against humanity, condemning Washington’s
intimidation tactics after it denied Venezuelan presidential jet entry
into US airspace.
“I would like to announce that we are preparing a lawsuit against [US
President] Barack Obama to condemn him for crimes against humanity,”
President Morales announced at a Thursday press conference in the
Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, RT reports.
He further described the American president as a “criminal” who willingly violates international law.
“The US cannot be allowed to continue with its policy of intimidation and blockading presidential flights,” Morales stated.
He added that Bolivia intends to prepare legal action against the US president and file the lawsuit at the International Court.
President Morales has called for an emergency meeting of the Community
of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to confer about the US
action, which has been slammed by Venezuela as “an act of intimidation
by North American imperialism.”
Additionally, the Bolivian president has implied that the CELAC members
should recall their ambassadors from Washington in an effort to convey
a strong message to the Obama Administration.
According to the report, Morales further wants to urge member nations
of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas to boycott the next meeting
of the United Nations in New York.
Members of the Alliance include Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Saint Lucia.
The anti-US measures called by the Bolivian president comes just months
after Morales’s presidential aircraft was denied entry into several
Western European countries, forcing it to land in Austria.
The May 2013 incident was widely described as a US-led effort out of a
false suspicion that American spy agency whistleblower Edward Snowden
may be onboard the aircraft.
At the time Bolivia was among a few countries that offered political
asylum to Snowden, a US fugitive and former contract employee of
American spy agencies, CIA and NSA, who leaked documents showing massive
US electronic spying operations around the globe, including its
European and Latin American allies.
Several Latin American heads of state joined Bolivia to censure the
illegal move by the European countries, including Italy, France and
Spain, which led to their official apologies