Bolivia asks U.S. to extradite ex-president

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian officials say they have formally asked the United States to extradite former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who ordered a military crackdown on 2003 riots in which at least 60 people died.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Consuelo Ponce tells The Associated Press that the 2,700-page request charging the exiled leader with "genocide" was delivered Monday.

U.S. government offices were closed Tuesday for Veterans' Day and officials there could not be reached for comment.

Sanchez de Lozada went to the U.S. during the anti-government riots after troops under his command opened fire on largely Aymara Indian protesters.

Critics call the extradition a political crusade by leftist President Evo Morales.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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