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Bolivian Villagers Bury Suspected Killer Alive - In His Victim's Grave

THA MA THUKHA, MYANMAR - APRIL 27:  A makeshift grave along the water is seen on April 27, 2009 in the Irrawady delta village of Ma Lot Myit Than, Myanmar (also called Burma).A year after the devastating cyclone, life has returned to normal for the Cyclone Nargis victims after 140,000 people were killed or reported missing after the massive storm hit the delta region of Burma. Eleven U.S. women senators produced a joint letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to press the Burmese regime to abandon plans for a general election in 2010, saying they were based on a unilaterally drafted constitution that violates international law. The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed his concern over the current situation in Burma and once again called on the military junta to release all the political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

THA MA THUKHA, MYANMAR - APRIL 27: A makeshift grave along the water is seen on April 27, 2009 in the Irrawady delta village of Ma Lot Myit Than, Myanmar (also called Burma).A year after the devastating cyclone, life has returned to normal for the Cyclone Nargis victims after 140,000 people were killed or reported missing after the massive storm hit the delta region of Burma. Eleven U.S. women senators produced a joint letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to press the Burmese regime to abandon plans for a general election in 2010, saying they were based on a unilaterally drafted constitution that violates international law. The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed his concern over the current situation in Burma and once again called on the military junta to release all the political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

Enraged villagers in Bolivia blocked the road to prevent police from stopping them.

Then, in the southern highlands, they buried a man alive in the grave of the woman he is suspected of having raped and murdered, an official said Thursday.

Police had identified 17-year-old Santos Ramos as the possible culprit in the attack on 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco Sunday in a Quechua community near the municipality of Colquechaca, said Jose Luis Barrios, the chief prosecutor in Potosi province where the community is located.

Enraged, more than 200 community members seized Ramos and buried him alive alongside his alleged victim Wednesday night, according to Barrios. He said residents on Thursday blocked the road to the community, preventing police and prosecutors from reaching it.

A local reporter for an indigenous radio station, who would only speak on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, told The AP that Ramos was tied up at the woman's funeral. Mourners threw him into the open grave, placed the woman's coffin in it and filled the grave with earth.

Colquechaca is a town of 5,000 inhabitants located 207 miles (333 kilometers) southeast of Bolivia's capital, La Paz.

Also in Potosi, residents of the Quechua indigenous community of Tres Cruces on Wednesday stoned to death a suspected thief and burned his accomplice alive, Barrios said. The official said the two had earlier robbed a car and killed its driver.

Lynchings sometimes occur in rural and poor parts of Bolivia where police and other authorities are scarce.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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