Jacob Ostreicher, an American, has been suffering in a Bolivian prison for more than 11 months. He is being held without a shred of evidence.
On 09/23/2011, the judge ordered his release based on evidence submitted by the defense, just days later the same judge reversed his decision and was promoted. A new judge resigned after 5 scheduled hearings.
We expect that in times of need, our government will be serious about, adamant enough, and powerful enough, to provide its citizens protection and asylum.
In your capacity as President of the U.S., we urge you to exercise the powers vested in you, to see to it that Jacob does not spend another day in this anarchic prison
With all avenues having been exhausted, it is up to you, Mr. President to make sure an innocent man walks free.
Response to Petition
By Janice L Jacobs
We appreciate your concern for the welfare of a fellow citizen, Jacob Ostreicher, who is currently imprisoned in Bolivia. Although we cannot discuss the details of Mr. Ostreicher's case, please be assured that we are closely watching it. The Department of State has strongly urged the Bolivian government to make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and timely trial for Mr. Ostreicher, and to ensure that his health and welfare are safeguarded. State Department consular officials in Bolivia are also in contact with Mr. Ostreicher and are providing all available consular services to him.
In international matters, the Department of State regularly acts on behalf of the President. As part of its mission, the Department of State encourages fair and transparent proceedings in all foreign legal systems consistent with the principles of constitutional democracy.
If you would like to know more about what the U.S. Department of State does for U.S. citizens overseas, please visit our website at www.Travel.State.Gov. Thank you for your interest and activism in this matter; your actions are noted and appreciated.
Janice L Jacobs is Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs at the Department of State