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Bolivian Lawmaker ‘Filmed Sexually Assaulting Unconscious Colleague'

22/01/2013 11:09 GMT

An investigation has been launched after footage of a Bolivian lawmaker apparently raping an unconscious colleague came to light.

The CCTV footage reveals the attack occurring in the country’s parliamentary offices, following a Christmas lunch on December 20, last year, ABC.es reports.

The footage, which Huffington Post UK will not host or link to, shows a passed-out woman being placed on a chair by several people.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales called for the resignation - or suspension - of those involved until the matter is heard in court

One man remains after the room empties, and as the lights go out he apparently begins to rape her.

The lights turn back on and people re-enter the room, propping the woman back on her chair.

According to Jezebel, the footage only came to light after someone uploaded the clip to YouTube. It adds the guards on duty that night were dismissed following the incident, that the lawmaker suspected of the rape has disappeared, and that the rape survivor has been given another post.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales, called on Thursday for the resignation of those involved or at least requesting an "indefinite leave" until the case is clarified in the ordinary courts, which opened an investigation at the request of Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero.

La Razon reports that Bolivia’s attorney general is threatening to take legal action against any media outlet that identifies the victim.