Bolivian senator with asylum in embassy asks Brazil high court for help

Brasilia, May 20 (EFE).- Bolivian opposition Sen. Roger Pinto, who has been taking refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz for almost a year, has asked the Brazilian Supreme Court to intercede on his behalf, the court reported Monday.

Pinto asked the high court to urge the Brazilian government to seek a solution to his problem, whether it be through an agreement with Bolivia or by providing the means for him to leave the country, according to a court statement.

In his request, the senator confirmed that Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota handled the matter "bureaucratically" and with a delay in acting contrary to international treaties signed by Brazil.

Among several other demands, Pinto asked the Brazilian government within 30 days to place at his disposal a diplomatic vehicle so that he may leave Bolivia.

In addition, he complained that he had been prohibited from granting interviews in the embassy, a decision taken by the Brazilian government in compliance with the rules set forth in the Convention on Diplomatic Asylum signed by Brazil in 1954 and by other members of the Organization of American States.

Pinto, 52, says he is being persecuted by the government of Evo Morales and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz last May 28.

Ten days later Brazil granted him political asylum, but the senator has not been able to leave the embassy because the Bolivian government has denied him safe conduct claiming that he must respond to allegations of corruption in several trials pending against him.

Last March, the governments of the two countries created a working group to discuss Pinto's situation.