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Peru Congressman Claims He Commited No Crime in Using Police Protection for Own Restaurant

By: Karina Martín - Dec 27, 2016, 8:22 am
Peruvian Congressman
Bruce apologized but maintained he didn’t commit a crime. (Trome)

Español Peruvian Congressman Carlos Bruce, accused of using his office to request police protection for a restaurant opening, admitted his error in doing so but maintained that he did not commit a crime.

The complaint was made by an accredited association representing the National Police before the Constitutional Accusations Subcommittee.

“We will see (the case) in upcoming sessions,” said Fujimori legislator Karina Beteta.

The legislator also said the Ethics Commission of the Congress of the Republic has received complaints against Congressman Carlos Bruce regarding his being informed that he requested police support for the inauguration of his restaurant in Costa Verde, in Barranco.

The conflict originated after Bruce sent a letter to a police general informing him that he was going to open his restaurant and did it using government letterhead.

 

An official spokesman acknowledged that it was an “oversight” to have sent the document to the National Police with the letterhead instead of that of his private company, for which he apologized.

Bruce argued that there is a mixture of people connected to Fujimoriism as well as conservatives who would like to see the issue settled outside of parliament.

“There is an ethical error that I have recognized and the consequences of which I will face in the Ethics Commission,” said the former Minister of Housing. He said constitutional allegations arise when a civil servant who has constitutional protection commits a crime, but that such a situation doesn’t apply to him because the police request was never carried out.

“In our legislation, there is no offense of attempted embezzlement,” he said. “It does not qualify as embezzlement because the police never gave any protection. Therefore, constitutional accusations don’t make any sense.”

“I believe that the Subcommittee on Constitutional Accusations is well-managed, even though it is chaired by a Fujimori,” he said. “I have no doubt that Karina Beteta will act with all impartiality and so the probability that this prosecution will flourish is minimal.”

Sources: El Comercio; La República.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Bolivia: Morales Tries to Thwart Democracy, Run Again in 2019

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Dec 26, 2016, 5:20 pm
Morales' MAS Party is trying to thwart the will of the Bolivian people in order to run him again (

Español The Bolivian government is insistent upon running Evo Morales as a candidate again in the next presidential election, despite the rejection of Morales' reelection bid in a national referendum. Social sectors allied with Morales' Movement to Socialism (MAS) party will open up offensives on two fronts. The measure was approved by MAS delegates during party's national convention held just over a week ago. Read More: Bolivia Ruling Party Wants to Annul Referendum Preventing Morales' Reelection Read More: Bolivia's Constitutional Court Says Evo Morales Can Not Hold Another Reelection Referendum The first strategic activity will take place on January 7, in a town hall where the Confederation of Neighborhood Juntas (Conaljuve) will launch the effort to collect signatures for the popular initiative, while the second front will be through the social sectors related to MAS, who will ask the current head of state to resign from office in order to qualify for the ballot in the next elections. According to an article in the daily El Deber, the plan of the ruling party is that affiliated social organizations ask the head of state to resign from office with more than six months remaining in his term in order to qualify for the 2019 elections. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Bolivians in favor of the reelection of Evo Morales will start collecting signatures to obtain 20% of the eligible voters in the entire country. They estimate that they will need to collect 60,000 signatures of people older than 18 in each region. Morales, who said he would not change Article 168 of the Constitution to be a candidate in presidential elections for the presidential term 2020-2025, could resort to other methods to achieve reelection without technically breaking that promise. Morales has already managed to bypass the article of the constitution that indicates that a president can not be reelected more than twice. He could now opt not only for the partial reform of the constitution that he promised not to change, but also for resignation of the presidency as a strategy to run for the 2020-2025 presidential term. It should be noted that the Bolivian leader lost a referendum in February, in which the Bolivian population rejected amending the Constitution in order to allow for a third reelection bid. Source: El Deber

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