Jacob Ostreicher, who has been held in prison in Bolivia for 11 months without any formal charges, is on a hunger strike. Ostreicher’s lawyer and family contend that he is an innocent man who has been falsely linked to a drug and money laundering investigation. They claim that Ostreicher’s was involved in a a rice operation in Santa Cruz and they presented more than 1,000 documents in preliminary hearings proving that Ostreicher has conducted nothing but legitimate business transactions in Bolivia.
Ostreicher is being held in the notorious Palmasola Prison in Santa Cruz. The prison is well known as being run by the inmates. The perimeter is controlled by guards, but they do not control the activities by the inmates housed in the facility.