Bolivia’s justice ministry has filed a criminal complaint against 60-year-old former president Evo Morales over an alleged sexual relationship with a minor, Deputy Minister Guido Melgar said Thursday.

“The Justice Ministry has filed a complaint against citizen Juan Evo Morales Ayma for the crimes of statutory rape and human trafficking,” Melgar told a press conference in La Paz.

The move comes several days after the alleged relationship came to light. Photographs showing Morales with a young woman have been published in Bolivian newspapers and on social media in recent days.

The woman, now age 19 and identified by Melgar only by the initials N.M., was reported to be a minor when the relationship began.

Melgar said photos taken from a cell phone belonging to one of the woman’s relatives show her while on trips with Morales, who was president of Bolivia from 2006-2019.

“The curious thing here is that she was a minor at the time and as we all know, for a minor to travel, she needed her parents’ permission,” he said.


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