Bolivia’s gold-and-emerald presidential medal with sash, which dates again to the basis of the republic in 1825, had been reportedly stolen from a guard’s car while the officer visited a brothel.
The officer recognized as Lieutenant Roberto Ortiz was meant to ship the priceless historic medal and a tricolor sash to President Evo Morales to put on throughout his speech on Wednesday in the central metropolis of Cochabamba, in line with a police report quoted by native media
However his flight on Tuesday was delayed and the officer as a substitute determined to go to varied brothels, in line with Police report.
“I entered a variety of these completely different institutions (brothels) however then returned to the place I left my motor car,” the report quoted the custodian as having informed police. “Once I received there my backpack, which held the emblems of the nation, had been taken.”
Fortunately, police discovered the gadgets after the Peruvian thieves dumped them in the portico of a church in the metropolis middle.
Police Colonel Jhonny Aguilera stated officers discovered the gadgets in black baggage after TV station Unitel knowledgeable him of nameless tip.
President Evo Morales, who final wore the emblems on August 6, throughout celebrations marking Bolivia’s 193rd anniversary appeared at the Cochabamba army parade on Wednesday with neither medal nor sash and did not make any reference to the stolen gadgets.
In accordance with Every day Mail, the medal was a present from the Congress of the lately shaped Bolivian republic to its founder in 1825 and was first utilized in 1826 as the presidential medal by Antonio Jose de Sucre. The gold medal, encrusted with emeralds, is usually saved in a safe vault at the Central Financial institution however is delivered to the president for ceremonial events.