LA PAZ, Bolivia —  Bolivia’s interior  minister says authorities have now arrested six government officials suspected  of involvement in a scheme to rob and extort a New York businessman jailed in a  money-laundering probe.

The minister, Carlos Romero, told reporters Tuesday that those arrested  included the judge who first ordered American Jacob Ostreicher jailed and  officials working in the state agency that seized 18,000 metric tons of rice  from him.

The first suspect was arrested Monday.

Diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, Mr. Ostreicher rests in a hospital covered in a blanket imprinted with pictures of his grandchildren

Ostreicher has been jailed without charge since June 2011. Prosecutors have  yet to produce no evidence he laundered money in a rice-growing venture in which  he and a Swiss partner invested $25 million.

He says several of the officials now under arrest tried to extort money from  him in return for promises to get him out of jail.

Source: Fox News


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