Smith has called for Ostreicher's immediate release. And four New York Democrats — Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez — have written an open letter to the Bolivian government calling for Ostreicher to be granted bail.
Congressman accompanies jailed American to court in Bolivia
“International scrutiny will increase, not decrease,” Smith said in a statement. “What was a relatively obscure case is now a growing international embarrassment for the Morales government that runs Bolivia.”