Maduro Regime Stole Millions from Unfinished Building Contracts in Venezuela, Officials Say

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Juan Guaid贸, a Deputy in the National Assembly presented the report on a recent investigation this week that details how the dictatorship stole around US $22 million from public projects, and that about 76 percent of them were never completed.聽(Asamblea Nacional)

Espa帽olA new report in Venezuela claims聽Nicol谩s Maduro’s regime has stolen millions of dollars from government projects, most of which have been left unfinished.

Juan Guaid贸, a Deputy in the National Assembly, the country’s legislative body, presented the report on a recent investigation this week that details聽how the dictatorship stole around US $22 million from public projects, and that about 76 percent of them were never聽completed.

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“Today we can tell the country corruption has killed more Venezuelans than petty crime,” Guaid贸 said during a presentation of the report.

It says that 11 project contracts were given to Odebrecht, a聽Brazilian construction company that has caused controversy in a handful of other聽Latin American countries for bribing high-standing politicians. In Venezuela, none of the聽projects Odebrecht was granted聽have been finished.

Additionally, reports coming out of Venezuela’s聽Ministry of Transportation and Public Projects look to have been manipulated, according to聽Guaid贸 and another opposition Deputy,聽Melva Paredes, who said officials there “refuse” to accept responsibility.

“Every time we enter into an聽investigation, we see new names,” Guaid贸 said. “All records聽of companies accused by the Attorney General were erased by officials to hide embezzlement.”

The investigation began after聽Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz 鈥 who has seen fled the country 鈥 claimed Maduro is closely linked to cases of corruption connected to Odebrecht.

Officials could not come to an agreement during Guaid贸’s presentation on the results of that investigation because the special session they had called was canceled due to an alleged failure to meet various procedural requirements.

Only 55 deputies attended the meeting at the Legislative Palace, a turnout National Assembly President Julio Borges called聽a “warning sign.” He asked that a list of absent members be published so as to pressure them into taking responsibility for their elected positions.

This week, officials intend to speak further about the Odebrecht report, currency problems related to inflation in addition to the possibility of obtaining parliamentary immunity and denouncing violations of free speech in the country.

Source: NTN24

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