It appears that justice can be swift in the remote villages of Bolivia. On Wednesday 17-year-old Santos Ramos received the death penalty for a crime allegedly committed just three days prior. Authorities in the small village of Colquechaca were summoned to the home of Leandra Arias Janco on Sunday June 2, 2013 where they discovered the 35-year-old woman had been raped and murdered.
Police quickly identified Ramos as a possible suspect in the crime but had not yet apprehended him by the time of Janco’s burial Wednesday evening.
A local reporter, who provided details of the incident only on the condition that his/her identity would not be revealed, stated that residents of the southern highlands village were incensed by the crime and grew increasingly inflamed during the funeral.
A lynch mob of over 200 mourners set out to exact revenge on the alleged perpetrator, Ramos, who was then tied up and brought forcibly to the burial site. Reportedly the teen was then thrown alive into the open gravesite just before Janco’s coffin was interred.
News.Com.AU described the scene:
Enraged, more than 200 community members seized Ramos and buried him alive alongside his alleged victim on Wednesday night, according to Mr Barrios. He said residents on Thursday blocked the road to the community, preventing police and prosecutors from reaching it.
Amazingly, this wasn’t the only instance of vigilante justice in the southern highlands of Bolivia on June 5th. Reportedly on the same day residents of the village of Tres Cruces meted out a stoning death to one man to and burned another to death in retribution for an alleged robbery and murder.
According to News.com.au, lynchings sometimes occur in rural and poor parts of Bolivia where police and other authorities are scarce.
Rape suspect buried alive in Bolivia
Suspected murder and rapist Santos Ramos buried alive with victim in Bolivia