David Dylan Edinger: El Preso Politico Mas Pequeno de Sur America

My name is Dr. Robert Foster Edinger. I am a US citizen and a victim of extortion over my son David Dylan Edinger, here where we live in Bolivia. I have been informed by my attorney that this coming Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 2:30 in the afternoon local time, I am going to be sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for suggesting publicly on the internet that it would be best to stop spraying paint in my baby’s face because he is very ill with a potentially fatal congenital heart condition – he lived in a car body repair shop at the time. 

My lawyer has informed me that there is a chance that I will be placed on parole but that depends entirely on the discretion of the judge, who like the prosecutor, does not like Americans from what I am told. My lawyer stresses the importance of the questions that he might ask me and how I respond, my tone, whether or not I show enough remorse and contrition for having attempted to save my son’s life. The last time that I was before the judge, she told me to deny that I spoke Spanish.

I may very soon be on my way to jail for 2.5 years despite the fact that I have prostate cancer because I have not been able to afford the operation (US$4,500). I am incontinent and urinate in my pants, which means I will be urinating on the mattresses in jail where we will all sleep piled up on the same mattresses on the same floor. It does not look good for me or my son David who is desperately ill. 

David and I were both born in Bedford, Indiana, USA, we now live in Cochabamba, Bolivia where the justice system is currently under intense international scrutiny for human rights violations) dedicated to, among other things, illicit enrichment. My son and I are only allowed to see each other at the police stationl, and only once a week for approximately 4.5 hours. Thus, for the past six months or so, I have only been able to spend approximately 9 hours each month with David, which contrasts with the fact that he was mine for 49 hours each week before he was taken from me as a result of false accusations motivated by extortion. Attempts were made from Bolivia to extort both my parents who are now deceased (my father, February 4, 2014 - mother, February 2, 2016).

At the same time, the court has mandated that during this same period that I deposit thousands of dollars in the checking account of the person legally in charge of my son. Further details, documents, will be forthcoming, a little more each day, unless I die in jail.

I barely escaped being jailed as a flight risk resulting from the fact that as spelled out in a legal document my nationality is "Norteamericano" (North American). I will be posting this document shortly if my lawyer should return it to me as I have requested.

My son David Dylan Edinger is very ill because he lives in and is not even allowed to so much as escape from (not even for a few hours a week), an environment that is as poisonous physically as it is psychologically. He was born with a congenital heart defect and would not be alive today if it were not for the fact that I took him to the park for exercise almost each day of his life until 6 months ago when he was taken from me. 

I ask that you contact the Embassy of the United States of America in La Paz, Bolivia and express your concern for the life of David Dylan Edinger, an American Citizen, born in Bedford, Indiana, USA, November 5, 2011. He is an abused child whose father maybe jailed for trying to save his life. He is in desperate need of your help. Please expression your concern because David needs his father.

Dr. Robert Edinger

US Citizens: 

[011] (591-2) 216-8246. 

 [011] (591-2) 216-8500.

The American Citizens Services unit is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m., excludingU.S. and Bolivian holidays.  

Non-US Citizens

Defensoria del Pueblo Boliviano

Calle Colombia N° 440 entre Héroes del Acre y Gral. González 
Tel: 211 3600 - 211 2600 Fax: 211 3538
Casilla 791