Former Bolivian President, Minister Face Trial In FL For 2003 Killings

A former Bolivin president and his defense minister are going on federal trial in Fort Lauderdale. 

Jury selection begins Monday in the case against former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and former defense minister José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, over a lawsuit in which eight Bolivians claim their family members were killed in government slayings in 2003.

In the lawsuit, the families of eight Bolivians who were killed claim the two officials planned to kill thousands of civilians to crush political opposition. 

The lawsuit was filed under the Torture Victim Protection Act, which authorizes suits in the U.S. for extrajudicial killings.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Both of the accused currently live in the United States. 

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