According to origo.hu, a Bolivian court sentenced Elod Toaso and Mario Tadic, a Bolivian-Croatian dual citizen to years 10 month for complicit in armed uprising on Friday. The verdict was made in the frame of plea bargain. Since both of them have been in custody for nearly 6 years, they will be released. The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs wants Toaso to go home.
Bolivian commandos shot down the Bolivian-born Bolivian-Hungarian-Croatian citizen Eduardo Rozsa-Flores, Arpad Magyarosi from Szovata, Transylvania and the Irish Michael Martin Dwyer in a Santa Cruz – which is the stronghold of the local opposition – hotel called Las Americas on 16 April 2009. The Croatian-Bolivian citizen Mario Tadic and the Hungarian-Romanian citizen Elod Toaso had been arrested.
Bolivian authorities claim that the group had organized a terrorist conspiracy and they had wanted to kill Evo Morales, President of Bolivia. The two survivors of the action should have been released long ago because under Bolivian law, nobody is allowed to be held in custody for more than 36 months.
Meanwhile, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pleased that the release of Elod Toaso is very close, origo.hu says.
Minister Peter Szijjarto instructed the Buenos Aires Ambassador and Consul of Hungary accredited to Bolivia that they should act personally at the local authorities to ensure Toaso could leave the country as soon as possible. The consular service is prepared to provide him the necessary technical assistance.