For US Man Jailed in Bolivia Uncharged for 580 Days, Nightmare Continues

Share
Copy

Ostreicher's wife Miriam Ungar has made the 4,000-mile trip back and forth to Bolivia more than a dozen times. She said she knew what was going on and that she was scared for her husband. The little ones, their grandchildren, don't understand and wrote him letters asking him to come home.

"The justice system, the corruption there…it doesn't look like they are going to release him anytime soon," Ungar said.

Ostreicher's life in Palmasola was terrifying and he said he would do anything to get out – except one thing.

"I told Miriam... if they would make me sign a document that I have done something wrong and then admit to something that I've never done, I will never do that," he said. "I'm an American. I am not going to say that I have done something wrong when I have done nothing wrong."

Ostreicher has lost 40 pounds while in prison. On one of her visits, Ungar said she was worried about her husband nearing a mental breakdown.

"I feel like I'm abandoning him," she said. "The pain of watching him watch me leave, he stands behind the gate and I just stare at him and I walk backwards, because I don't want him to see my back when I walk out the door. He sees my anguish and he runs in to make it easier for me to leave."

Ostreicher has been vindicated, but still the Bolivian government keeps him under house arrest.

Ostreicher still wears a bulletproof vest because his defense team fears they cannot protect him in Bolivian courthouses. And so, the nightmare continues.

"It's time for them to cut me loose and let me go home to my family," he said. "They have done enough damage and now that everybody knows this has to do with a massive extortion ring, it's time for them to let me go home and go back to my country."

ABC News' Lauren Effron contributed to this report

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...