Suspect Buried Alive For Rape And Murder: Bolivian Village Buries Santos Ramos, 17, Next To His Victim [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on June 7, 2013 3:26 PM EDT

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A village buried suspect Santos Ramos alive in a grave next to rape and murder victim Leandra Arias Janco. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A suspect was buried alive in Bolivia, reported the Associated Press on Thursday. Villagers of the southern highlands took matters into their own hands and prosecuted young 17-year-old Santos Ramos for the rape and murder of a 35-year-old female victim, Leandra Arias Janco, near the municipality of Colquechaca.

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According to Jose Luis Barrios, the chief prosecutor in Bolivia's Potosi province, a mob of more than 200 community members seized Santos Ramos Wednesday night. The village even had its road blocked on Thursday to prevent police and prosecutors from interfering.

According to an anonymous reporter, who refused to reveal an identity, Ramos Santos was tied up at the woman's funeral. Mourning villagers tossed Santos into an open grave next to Leandra Arias Janco's coffin and had the suspect buried alive alongside.

It is important to note that it is unclear whether there was evidence that 17-year-old Santos Ramos indeed raped and murdered Leandra Arias Janco. That said, the village carried out its system of justice.

According to CS Monitor, Potosi chief prosecutor Barrios noted an earlier incident where a suspected thief was stoned to death and an accomplice was buried alive by villagers of the Quechua indigenous community of Tres Cruces. The two men allegedly murdered a driver and stole his vehicle.

The town of Colquechaca is home to about 5,000 residents and is located 207 miles south-east of the Bolivian capital, La Paz. For isolated, poorer areas of Bolivia, police and authorities are scarce, causing villages to conduct their own criminal punishments, including lynchings.

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