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Former Peruvian Presidents to be Summoned in Petrobras Corruption Probe

By: Ysol Delgado - Jan 2, 2017, 4:35 pm
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Ex-Presidents Alejandro Toldedo, Alan García and Ollanta Humala. (El Comercio)

EspañolVíctor Andrés García Belaunde of the Popular Action Party of Peru, said that ex-Presidents Alejandro Toldedo, Alan García and Ollanta Humala are involved in the Lava Jato Petrobras investigations as well as the Odebrecht bribes.

Garcia Belaunde reportedly said that one of the first things the commission will do when installed in early January 2017 is create a list of names that require further investigation. Additionally, Prosecutor Pablo Sánchez will be the first to meet with senior officials involved in the efforts of the past three administrations.

Much of this will depend on how the investigations progress in congress, as well as meetings with Toledo, Garcia and Humala. In their administrations — spanning 2005 to 2014 — they awarded various public works projects to the construction company Odebrecht.

Spokesperson for Popular Action said that they believe “it will be inevitable to summon them.”

In addition, he said the public minister needs to be present in order to explain what decisions were made in relation to the payment of bribes between Odebrecht and high public officials.

 

“You have to remember that Mr. Marcelo Odebrecht, the owner of this Brazilian company, is in prison and convicted, and in Peru nothing has happened.”

Garcia Belaunde had previously made his support known for legislator Mauricio Mulder, who was a member of the Lava Jato Commission.

“Issuing that opinion does not disqualify Mulder as a member of the commission,” he said. “In any case, that will inhibit him when dealing with something directly related to Garcia.”

Source: El Comercio

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Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Proposes Roadmap to End Dictatorship

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jan 2, 2017, 2:19 pm
Leopoldo Lopez has emerged as the face of the Venezuelan opposition in recent years (

Español The Venezuelan political leader and prisoner, Leopoldo López, sent a message to the country on the eve of ushering in the year 2017. In the letter, written in his handwriting, he established a "road map" for ending the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. The opposition leader said that it is necessary to resume the offensive against the regime. This, after 2016, the ruling party crossed "a line that the Venezuelan democrats and the democratic world should not tolerate with passivity." Read More: Time Ticks By, and So Does Leopoldo Lopez's Life Read More: Witness in Leopoldo Lopez Trial Outs Manipulation of Her Testimony Lopez said that failure to recognize the authority of the National Assembly, the regime's total control of public powers and the arbitrary elimination of the recall referendum were the facts that made it clear that Venezuela is in the grasp of a dictatorship. In the "road map" the political prisoner asked the National Assembly "to confirm the political responsibility of Nicolás Maduro for failing to discharge his constitutional duties." In addition, he proposed that "before the regime has further opportunity to disregard the National Assembly" the opposition must hold "large popular demonstrations". googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Lopez called on the opposition to work together to recover the exercise of the right to a popular vote with the legitimate sanction of the authorities of the National Electoral Council (CNE). He also proposed to transform the current opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) to the Movement of Democratic Unity. "Now is the time to put up resistance and struggle for our democratic rights, and this struggle requires the greatest commitment. That is why we propose to move from the "table" to the "movement" of Democratic Unity, whose central objective will be to recover the right to the popular vote, and defeat the dictatorship so that we can restore constitutional order and democracy. For her part, Lilian Tintori, wife of the leader of Popular Will party, said that this letter "was able to escape from the walls of injustice and isolation in Ramo Verde", the prison where López is being held. Source: Sumarium

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