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Former Peruvian President Humala and Wife Spend their First Night in Jail awaiting Trial for Money Laundering

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 14, 2017, 10:05 am
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Ollanta Humala and Nadine Heredia are under investigattion for the contributions received by the Peruvian Nationalist Party for their 2006 and 2011 presidential campaigns  (Twitter)

EspañolFormer Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia have finished their first night in prison after turning themselves in for 18 months of pre-trial detention on Thursday, July 13.

Huamala, who served as President from 2011 until 2016, is accused of money laundering charges alongside his wife. Because the potential sentence could be longer than four years, a judge ruled there was significant reason to believe the couple may try to flee the country.

Huamala and his wife said they have complied with every step of the process — even handing over their passports — which makes the pre-trial detention not only unnecessary, but also an “abuse of power.”

Tweet: This confirms an abuse of power, which we will face in defense of our rights and the rights of all.”

“In every moment we’ve shown our roots and good will,” he said. “But the prosecutor sees everything we do in the opposite light. I think he’s been poisoned.”

“They’re not fleeing,” added their lawyer Wilfredo Pedraza. “They never intended to flee.”

Humala and Heredia allegedly received campaign contribution from the Peruvian Nationalist Party in 2006 and 2011 that prosecutors said can be traced back to the Venezuelan construction company OAS and the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

“Here’s a president who rose to the presidency and governed us with an electoral campaign built on illicit money,” Prosecutor German Juarez said. “That’s serious because it morally wounds society.”

Humala has also been accused of taking money from former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

During the hearing, the prosecution introduced suitcases of money sent from the Venezuelan embassy as new evidence for trial. It’s only one of two suitcases of money the couples allegedly received form Venezuelan contacts.

Source: La República, Reuters, Al Jazeera 

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Official Report on Cuban Housing Crisis Shows Deficit of 800,000 Homes

By: Karina Martín - Jul 13, 2017, 3:33 pm
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EspañolCuba currently faces a drastic housing crisis. A report presented to the island's Parliament revealed "critical" problems stretching back a century, and which manifested in a deficit of more than 880,000 homes in 2016. The problem mostly stems from a lack of maintenance to existing housing, Director of Housing Ministry Vivian Rodríguez said, and buildings' continued deterioration. Most of the buildings are reportedly over 30 years old, and the housing program has fallen drastically behind schedule this year. Of the 9,700 homes that are supposed to receive maintenance, only 5,722 have been completed. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Government officials claimed to have allocated about US $120 million since the start of the subsidy program in 2012. And official data places the deficit at a mildly less alarming 206,000 homes. But the central province of Camagüey has itself registered a deficit of 71,000 and the eastern province of Holguín and Santiago de Cuba of 147,000 and 103,000, respectively. The report blamed the crisis on poor preparation and quality control during the construction process, which came to fruition after officials visited 120 municipalities across the country. It also blamed insufficient control of building materials storage and delays in responses to paperwork. Read More: Cuban Regime Takes Swipe at OAS Following Helicopter “Coup Attempt” in Venezuela Read More: Trump’s Cuba Rollback is Paving the Way for Age of “Principled Realism” in Foreign Policy Despite building licenses that allowed materials to be bought and sold in 2010, the housing deficit in Cuba has increased by 200,000 in just three years. Rodríguez said the government is working to find a solution to the problem. "We are working on a 10-year strategy to achieve sustainable housing development using a territorial approach, starting with local structures, in order to stop deterioration and to reduce the housing deficit," she said. Source: Cubanet; Vanguardia.

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