Bolivian candidate makes adobe bricks as part of community sentence for drunk drivingBy AP
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Bolivian candidate sentenced to make adobe bricks
LA PAZ, Bolivia — A governing party candidate in Bolivia is making 1,000 adobe bricks as part of a drunk-driving sentence handed down under the community justice system backed by the country’s pro-indigenous government.
Felix Patzi, an Aymara Indian who was running for governor of La Paz, made 300 bricks by Tuesday afternoon.
Patzi has acknowledged he drove drunk and he gave up his candidacy at the request of President Evo Morales.
He apologized to Bolivia’s first Indian president on Monday. He says he would like to resume his candidacy, but will leave that decision to his community.
Bolivia’s constitution allows for “community justice” punishments as traditionally meted out by Indian communities.