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Former Bolivian President Anez harmed herself while in jail -lawyer

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Bolivia's former interim President Jeanine Anez is seen in a car outside the FELCC (Special Force to fight against Crime) headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia March 13, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Claure/File Photo

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LA PAZ, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez harmed herself by cutting her lower arms while in jail on Saturday, her lawyer Norka Cuellar told local media after police reported what they categorized as attempted suicide.

"This is a cry for help from the former president. She feels very harassed," the lawyer told reporters.

"The doctor came in and found her with the cuts. On her left wrist she has three cuts, they have sutured her," Cuellar said.

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Anez was detained earlier this year over accusations that she participated in a coup to oust longtime former President Evo Morales in 2019. She has denied the allegations and says she is a victim of political persecution. She is in jail while awaiting trial.

Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo on Saturday confirmed that Anez had apparently tried to hurt herself but was now in stable condition.

"What happened is within the definition of attempted suicide," Douglas Uzquiano, head of the special anti-crime unit (FELCC) of the national police, told local television.

Anez was briefly taken to a hospital from jail on Wednesday, her third hospital trip in two weeks. Doctors said she had a thorax exam and is suffering from hypertension. She was later returned to jail. read more

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Reporting by Daniel Ramos, writing by Lucila Sigal and Hugh Bronstein; editing by Diane Craft and Chris Reese

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