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Well just over a year ago an American businessman working and Bolivia was arrested -- center of one of the world's most dangerous presence.
-- -- -- I hope -- -- cracked has been languishing there even though Bolivian officials have yet to charge him with any official crime.
They accuse him of laundering money and being involved in the business tied to drug criminals but Jacob and his family say he's innocent.
And the accusations 100%.
Joining me today Jacob's wife Mary -- and New York congressman Bob Turner there pleading for his release that morning to that -- -- I can't imagine the absolute -- you're going through with your husband there in prison in terrible situation.
And you have no idea what's -- and there was a hearing yesterday or was there what's going.
I'm -- actually can happen and was scheduled BS today and it was postponed.
The people from the minister of government's office -- kind of -- document to the judge stating that he should be at demanding that he should recuse himself from the case and the jets declined that he refused to do that.
But TV for the -- superior court to make that decision.
Either way it was just it was an all of this moment that has been happening for the past twenty times it's it's just no no answers there were no answers.
Congressman turner -- know you become involved in this fight.
As well as a fellow congressman from New Jersey.
-- Christmas rooms foreign -- -- human rights and he is there as we speak.
The -- striker in this case this is and how egregious example.
Yesterday with the 21.
After eleven months in prison and there have been no charges and there's no.
Crime shall issue I understand that in Bolivia they can hold.
A person in prison for eighteen months without charging them with a crime.
And I know he's in this horrible prison.
Tell me about the conditions and what your husband's going through.
The conditions of the -- are really awful this house destroyed our family knowing -- -- that he's going through.
He's been on a hunger strike since April 16 strictly on -- -- diet and his health is deteriorating his mental capacities deteriorating.
We don't really have some -- showing up too much time to help you know put some pressure and got him home.
As it's been really really awful for the entire -- -- congressman -- what are you trying to do you're trying to -- State Department brought more attention Dennis to the two things we want to put the like a spotlight on this and just working even in Bolivia.
Where there's a movement to now between the -- Libyans who recognize the outrageousness of this charge.
But also we're trying to get our own State Department to move positively.
So far they very sent to diplomatic notes.
The charger d'affaires has not even met with that.
Us or striking yet.
This is an American citizen.
Incarcerated for yet no charges -- State Department has been very -- in moving on this.
We did reach out the State Department there was no official statement from them to us.
Hopefully you can get more answers on this front.
Right and I'm very thankful to congressman Smith for actually taking this case and he was trapped he traveled down there to Bolivia he was at the hearing -- today.
And he's taken up this cause and -- -- relentless way he's been successful in bringing people home who are US citizens so we hope for the same.
Or your husband -- thanks so much for your time thank you congressman turned politics thank you thank you.
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