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Tag: Hugo Velázquez

  • 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.

  • Friday, January 27th 2023 - 10:16 UTC

    Cartes and Velázquez have ties to Hezbollah, US gov't says

    The United States will continue to combat the use of public money for personal benefit, Ostfield warned

    Former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and current Vice President Hugo Velázquez have ties to the terrorist group Hezbollah, US Ambassador to Asunción Marc Ostfield said Thursday during a press conference.

  • Saturday, October 8th 2022 - 09:56 UTC

    Paraguayan VP's brother sacked from Navy Chief post

    No country is safe from a public bureaucracy contaminated by corruption and organized crime, Abdo argued

    Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benìtez reshuffled the country's Armed Forces brass before leaving for Montevideo Friday. Among those relieved from duty was Navy Chief Admiral Carlos Dionisio Velázquez, brother of Vice President Hugo Velázquez, who has been listed by the United States among the most corrupt politicians in the region.

  • Thursday, August 25th 2022 - 09:38 UTC

    US envoy discusses corruption with Paraguayan lawmakers

    Paraguayan senators understood the US would take action beyond labeling people as “significantly corrupt”

    The US Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mark Wells Wednesday said in Asunción that his country would undertake further action beyond declaring Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velázquez and former President Horacio Cartés as “significantly corrupt.”

  • Wednesday, August 24th 2022 - 21:12 UTC

    Prosecution launches probe against Paraguayan VP

    US Ambassador Marc Ostfield said on August 12 that Velázquez had obstructed an investigation against him by offering a US$ 1 million bribe

    Paraguay's Public Prosecutor's Office Tuesday announced it would launch an investigation into the allegations of the United States Embassy in Asunción whereby Vice President Hugo Velázquez and his family were added to the State Department's list of “significantly corrupt individuals.”

  • Monday, August 22nd 2022 - 09:39 UTC

    Abdo would prefer Velázquez to resign as Paraguay's VP

    Cartés wants to subjugate the institutions to keep his unlawful businesses running, Abdo argued

    Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez believes Vice President Hugo Velázquez should resign and avoid his impeachment in which his political opponents from within their own Colorado Party might seek to splash the head of state.

  • Saturday, August 20th 2022 - 08:43 UTC

    Paraguay's VP has a change of mind: will not resign

    Since no evidence has been disclosed, Velázquez insisted his designation as significantly corrupt was based on “gossip”

    After announcing last week that he would resign, Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez conveyed to reporters Thursday his decision to remain in office until proof against him is submitted.

  • Thursday, August 18th 2022 - 21:35 UTC

    Paraguayan Senator wants VP to resign or face impeachment

    It seems now Velázquez plans to stay as VP until the evidence against him is produced

    Since Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velázquez is yet to resign from his post, which he had vowed to do Friday after being added by the United States to the list of “significantly corrupt individuals,” Senator Martín Arévalo stressed that the Lower House would have to move on with the impeachment procedures.

  • Saturday, August 13th 2022 - 10:06 UTC

    Paraguayan VP to resign after joining US list of those “significantly corrupt”

    Velázquez maintained his innocence but said he would resign so as not to splash President Abdo or the Colorado Party

    Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velázquez Friday announced in a radio interview that he would be resigning his job and stepping down from the presidential race after being added by the United States to the list of people “significantly corrupt,” where he joined former President Horacio Cartés.