LA PAZ — A man suspected of rape has been buried alive by villagers in the southern highlands of Bolivia.
Police had identified the 17-year-old as the possible culprit in the rape and murder of a 35-year-old woman near the municipality of Colquechaca.
The chief prosecutor says more than 200 furious local people seized Santos Ramos and buried him in the grave of his alleged victim.
He says residents blocked roads into the village to stop police arriving.
A reporter for a local radio station, who would only speak anonymously for fear of reprisals, told the media that Ramos was tied up at the woman’s funeral.
He said mourners threw him into the open grave alongside the woman’s coffin and filled the grave with earth.
Colquechaca is a town of about 5,000 inhabitants some 333 kilometres south-east of the Bolivian capital, La Paz.
Correspondents say lynchings sometimes happen in isolated, poorer parts of Bolivia, where police and other authorities are scarce. (BBC)