Bolivia arrests Youtuber for reportedly threatening Colombia's Santos, FARC peace process

Bolivia arrests Youtuber for reportedly threatening Colombia's Santos, FARC peace process

Martinez's wife told media her husband has cooperated with authorities in the case, including presenting themselves to Interpol. Photograph: (Reuters)

Santa Cruz, Bolivia Apr 20, 2017, 08.25 AM (IST)

Authorities in Bolivia have detained Colombian Youtuber Josue Martinez on charges of reportedly inciting the assassination of President Juan Manuel Santos for his part in the country's peace process with the FARC, officials reported.

Youtuber Josue Martinez was arrested in his home of Santa Cruz on Tuesday (April 18) after a video speaking out against the Colombian peace process went viral. Authorities allege that in the video Martinez calls for Santos to be killed, including the possible use of snipes in an assassination attempt.

According to media, Martinez was arrested at the request of Colombia.

Martinez has professed his innocence to the charges, saying his video against Santos was to defend the rights of citizens in Colombia.

Martinez's wife told media her husband has cooperated with authorities in the case, including presenting themselves to Interpol.

In November last year, Colombia's government voted for a peace deal to end a 52-year war with FARC rebels. The vote took place in Congress after a previous referendum on the issue failed to get up.

(Reuters)

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Youtuber Josue Martinez was arrested on Tuesday after a video speaking out against the Colombian peace process went viral

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