Congressman accompanies jailed American to court in Bolivia

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“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.”

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.