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Montevideo, September 23rd 2023 - 19:01 UTC

Tag: corruption

  • Friday, August 11th 2023 - 09:12 UTC

    Ecuador: Six Colombians accused of killing presidential candidate; State of emergency and elections ratified

    Interior Minister Juan Zapata described the killing as a “political crime of a terrorist nature” aimed at sabotaging the August 20 presidential election

    Six people have been arrested in Ecuador late on Thursday in connection with the killing of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio following a political rally a day earlier.

  • Friday, August 4th 2023 - 10:35 UTC

    Colombian president under fire after son's money laundering admission

     President Gustavo Petro Urrgo  and his son Nicolas

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro Urrgo insisted Thursday that he intends to remain in office until 2026 because he was elected by the people for such a commitment. The head of state made these remarks after his son Nicolás Petro Burgos admitted that his father's 2022 campaign had been financed with contributions from a questionable origin.

  • Friday, May 19th 2023 - 10:39 UTC

    Most of Brazil's STF justices vote to convict former President Collor

    Six judges have already voted in favor of sentencing Collor to over 33 years in jail

    A majority of Supreme Federal Court (STF) justices voted Thursday for the conviction of former senator and former president Fernando Collor for passive corruption and money laundering in a case of Operation Lava Jato, Agencia Brasil reported. So far, the score is 6 to 1 for conviction. After voting Thursday, the session was adjourned and will resume on May 24.

  • Friday, May 5th 2023 - 14:38 UTC

    Uruguay: President Lacalle Pou demands resignation of Housing Minister Moreira over “direct award” scandal

    The tension rises as Cabildo Abierto's leader, Manini Ríos, said that he expects President Lacalle Pou to “analyze the situation” and step back.

    Uruguay is experiencing a crisis in the government cabinet formed by a coalition of conservative parties. President Luis Lacalle Pou requested the resignation of Housing Minister Irene Moreira after a controversial direct awarding of a house to a militant of her party, Cabildo Abierto, without a lottery, as reported by Montevideo media on Friday.

  • Tuesday, April 4th 2023 - 09:29 UTC

    Extradition of Paraguayan corrupt leaders after the elections?

    The Biden administration fears any action before the elections could backfire, the magazine explained

    The extradition of former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and other politicians in the South American country who have been declared as “significantly corrupt” may come after the April 30 elections, according to an article carried in the latest issue of Americas Quarterly magazine.

  • Friday, March 24th 2023 - 09:57 UTC

    US adds 3 Paraguayans to list of significantly corrupt officials

    The infamous list already includes former President Horacio Cartes and current Vice President Hugo Velázquez

    The US State Department has added three Paraguayan nationals to its list of “significantly corrupt” officials just one day after signing a new arrangement with the South American country whereby military engineers would assist in future waterway developments.

  • Tuesday, March 21st 2023 - 10:10 UTC

    Venezuelan oil minister resigns amid corruption scandal

    Singled out as a drug lord by the United States, El Aissami said his sidestep sought to help investigators fight PDVSA corruption

    Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami Monday resigned his post on Monday after the opening of a corruption investigation involving the state-owned oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) in which two officials have already been arrested. El Aissami, a powerful ally of President Nicolás Maduro, has been singled out by the United States as an alleged drug lord.

  • Monday, March 6th 2023 - 09:22 UTC

    Former Ecuadorian President faces bribery charges

    Pre-trial detention is not allowed for people over 65 years of age, hence Moreno will only need to appear before Ecuadorian authorities bimonthly since he lives in Paraguay

    Former Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno and 36 other people have been indicted Sunday in connection with a possible case of corruption involving the construction of a hydroelectric plant by the Chinese company Sinohydro at a cost of US$ 2.245bn. Moreno attended his arraignment audience virtually, it was reported.

  • Thursday, March 2nd 2023 - 08:21 UTC

    Ecuador: Parliamentary Committee gives nod to President Lasso's impeachment

    Since losing his Constitutional reform referendum, Lasso seems weaker and many speculate he will not complete his presidency

    Ecuador's parliamentary committee investigating a corruption scandal approved by 6 votes to 1 to move on with the impeachment of President Guillermo Lasso, who has been linked to drug trafficking and possible crimes against the security of the State and the public administration, it was reported in Quito.

  • Thursday, February 9th 2023 - 09:47 UTC

    UN delegate busy fighting corruption in Asunción

    Candice Welsch met with US Ambassador Marc Ostfuield and Seprelad Deputy Minister Carmen Pereira Bogado among other local authorities

    The regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the Andean Region and the Southern Cone (Undoc), Candice Welsch, has had a busy agenda in Asunción. She held separate meetings with US Ambassador Marc Ostfield and also with the Paraguayan Secretariat for the Prevention of Money Laundering (Seprelad). In both encounters, corruption and money laundering were the main topics.