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Ex-President of Peru García Linked to Metro Corruption Case Involving Odebrecht

By: Karina Martín - Mar 7, 2017, 2:46 pm
Ex-President of Peru Alan García
According to the Lava Jato Commission’s report, there were irregularities in legal provisions issued related to the Lima metro.(laradiodelsur)

Español Ex-President of Peru Alan García and former Ministers of Transport and Communications Enrique Cornejo and Oswaldo Plasencia are being investigated for their involvement in the Odebrecht scandal.

The complaint — involving the constructions of the Lima Metro — was filed before the Public Prosecutor’s Office by the Ad Hoc Prosecutor’s Office because of “the alleged commission of the crime against the public administration,” according to Prosecutor Katherine Ampuero.

“This complaint is in the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Corruption of Officials, which Cesar Sanabria is in charge of,” Ampuero said. “He will decide which prosecutor is responsible for investigating this complaint.”

García was already indicted for illicit enrichment after his first administration (1985-1990); however, he is once again under the spotlight.

 

“We have gathered, for the consideration of the prosecutor, sufficient evidence that supports the investigation of these three people,” said the official in charge of the case.

According to the Lava Jato Commission’s report, there were irregularities in legal provisions issued related to the Lima metro.

The document says the Autonomous Authority of the Electric Train (AATE) was granted “a series of prerogatives in the execution of the contract without the need of the Comptroller General of the Republic’s approval, Ositran or even the Ministry of Transport and Communications.”

The report also highlighted that former Executive Director of the AATE Oswaldo Plasencia had “power to approve additions, additional works, definitive technical files without the need for the opinion of the comptroller.”

On January 20, Odebrecht told Peruvian Public Prosecutor that they paid US $8 million in bribes for the Lima metro.

“Investigate whatever you want. That way it will be clear that other presidents have had a price, but Alan Garcia has not,” wrote former President Garcia after the prosecutor’s announcement.

Sources: El Comercio; Perú21; El Popular.

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.

Middlebury Social Justice Mob Represents Everything That’s Wrong on US College Campuses

By: David Unsworth - @LatinAmerUpdate - Mar 7, 2017, 2:34 pm
American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was at the center of a protest at Middlebury College that turned violent (

Two generations ago there was a conservative establishment in the United States that ran the nation's political and economic affairs. While moderate and benevolent in comparison with other regimes of the twentieth century (Germany, Italy, Spain, the Soviet Union, China), they censored freedom of speech and freedom of expression. When this establishment, in conjunction with the military-industrial complex, began to send hundreds of thousands of young Americans to Vietnam in the second half of the 1960s, the establishment vs. activist battle had its catalyst. The Free Speech Movement emerged at UC Berkeley as a call to defend individual rights against this establishment: freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, civil rights, freedom of the press, and individual liberties. Read More: What "Social Justice" Did to Venezuela Read More: The Hypocrisy of Social Justice Warriors' Trump Criticism 60 years later, the greatest threat to freedom of speech is not posed by a right-wing "establishment", but by the American Left: speech codes, trigger warnings, "safe spaces", a perpetual "victim" mentality...and now...as we have seen at Middlebury College...it has extended beyond words (screaming, shouting, name calling, obscenities, cursing)...to actual violence. Today's campus protesters are not interested in being part of an academic community: they are interested in attending a politically correct day care center. If someone comes to campus who holds views that do not concord with their politically correct narrative, then it's acceptable to shout, scream, throw a tantrum, pull someone's hair, or even punch a female professor at the Middlebury College campus. Just this weekend, the "social justice warriors" revealed their true ugly nature at what is normally a quiet, bucolic, and tranquil liberal arts campus nestled at the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. The professor in question, Allison Stanger, agreed to host a discussion with political scientist Charles Murray, author of the controversial book The Bell Curve, which, among other things, addresses the relationship between race and intelligence. Mind you, he was not at the Middlebury campus to discuss this book, but that was of little consequence to the mob of several hundred protesters who swarmed the event with the express purpose of shutting it down. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); As professor Stanger soon discovered, a free and open exchange of ideas and dialogue is of little interest to today's generation of radical "social justice" warriors, or to some in the academic establishment who encourage them. Stanger addressed the violence in a lengthy Facebook post: "I am a Democrat...all of my courses are nonpartisan, and this was a chance to demonstrate publicly my commitment to a free and fair exchange of views in my classroom. As the campus uproar about his visit built, I was genuinely surprised and troubled to learn that some of my faculty colleagues had rendered judgement on Dr. Murray’s work and character, while openly admitting that they had not read anything he had written. With the best of intentions, they offered their leadership to enraged students, and we all now know what the results were." So a group composed of Middlebury students, Middlebury professors, and some outside agitators, did the very best that they could, not just to drown out speech that was disagreeable to them, but to use violence to ensure that controversial (conservative, libertarian, XYZ) speakers will know that they are not welcome on the Middlebury campus. In the future, professors will think twice about inviting speakers who do not fit into a neatly packaged, mundane, and inoffensive politically correct worldview. What is very, very fortunate is that the "activist" left-wing student protester of 2017 constitutes an extremely small minority of Americans. Even among this subset of American college students, I doubt very few would consider it appropriate to behave the way that the Middlebury mob did this past week. This incident should be troubling for anyone who cares about freedom of speech on today's college campus. Cheers to the University of Chicago, whose faculty recently said (in so many words)...this is a research university, not a day care center. Here we are not going to have "speech codes" "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces"...if you don't agree with someone on campus, then you are free to oppose their point of view through any number of wondrous technological mediums at our disposal in this wondrous age we live in. But you do not have the right to punch them, pull their hair, or drown out a campus speaker with showers of obscenities. Every college and university professor in America should be discussing what happened at Middlebury College this weekend. Unfortunately, few will.

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