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Bolivian president departs Austria

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 - 01:17

July 3 - Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane leaves Austria after being forced to land when France and Portugal refused it access to their airspace. Tom Dinham reports.

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The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, sits with his Austrian counterpart in a Vienna airport. Morales was returning home from an official visit to Moscow when France and Portugal abruptly cancelled permission for his plane to access their airspace, forcing it to land in Austria. No official explanation has been offered as to why the plane was grounded, but it is believed to have been due to suspicions that fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden was on board. But despite a search, Austrian authorities found no sign of Snowden on the plane. Bolivian authorities are enraged by the incident and Morales himself seemed far from impressed. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT, EVO MORALES, SAYING: "You may know that in international law an official plane, the president, has immunity and this is an unbreakable right that exists anywhere in the world and I couldn't understand." Shortly after this interview Morales was allowed to fly out. Snowden, meanwhile, is still believed to be stranded in a Moscow airport as he tries to find find a country willing to offer him refuge from prosecution on espionage charges.

Bolivian president departs Austria

Wednesday, Jul 03, 2013 - 01:17

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