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Bolivian opposition lawmaker helped into Brazil

August 26, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian diplomat has acknowledged having helped spirit into Brazil a Bolivian senator who’d been holed up in the Brazilian embassy in La Paz for more than a year.

Eduardo Saboia says he made the decision to help Sen. Roger Pinto because he thought the lawmaker, an opponent of Bolivian President Evo Morales, was in mortal danger.

Speaking to Globo News early Monday, Saboia called Pinto a “politically persecuted person” and said he acted to save his life.

Pinto had spent 452 days in the Brazilian embassy in the Bolivian capital, La Paz, and his health was said to be deteriorating. He arrived in Brazil on Sunday.

The issue has strained relations between Brazil and Bolivia. Brazil’s Foreign Ministry said it was investigating the matter.

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