Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Corruption Argentina Sebastián Piñera splashed

The justice system has opened a corruption investigation that splashes directly to President Sebastián Piñera. However, the alleged crime would involve the president during her employer, before accessing the government last year. The unusual case meets connotations, as in the political corruption scandals are usually investigated for misappropriation of public money.

In this case, the company would Piñera author bribery. In addition, the recipient of the bribe would have been a minister of Argentina, a country historically rival Chile. The Chilean Office opened in January a summary that was kept secret until it was revealed Monday by the satirical weekly The Clinic.

LAN Airlines, whose majority shareholder was Piñera until last year, would have paid between 2006 and 2007 a bribe of $ 1.15 million (815,000 euros) to the then Transport Minister Argentine, Ricardo Jaime, that the neighboring country authorize the airline to operate domestic routes in its territory.

The scandal came to light last year when the Argentine daily Clarin and La Nacion had their particular local Wikileaks published several weeks of the 20,000 e-mails contained in the computers seized by police Manuel Vázquez, Spanish broker based in Buenos Aires and facilitator of the plot.

Jaime, who was appointed in 2003 by President Nestor Kirchner and ratified by his wife, Cristina Fernandez, resigned in 2009 to the obvious suspicion of corruption. It now stands indicted for illegal enrichment and awaiting trial. In addition to the alleged bribing of LAN, e Vazquez showed the intention to request money in Argentina: Spanish multinationals such as Telefónica, Repsol and BBVA to finance the campaigns Kirchner.

However, all the companies denied that end, with the exception of airlines, then controlled by Marsans, one of whose executives complained that Jaime had asked for a contribution of one million and half dollars. In March 2005, Piñera, next to the LAN board, traveled to Buenos Aires to present Kirchner at the Casa Rosada draft Argentina subsidiary of the airline.

The Chilean Berlusconi just dumped its shares in 2010, to become president, fulfilling his campaign pledge. Chilean Penal Code, as well as Spanish, including the crime of bribery bribery of foreign public officials. "The feeling we have is that Piñera, in business, was always at the edge of legality," he told The Christian Democrat Patricio Vallespín Clinic, one of two opposition legislators that last December in Chile reported the alleged bribe, and this week found that the investigation was taking place quietly.

The ultimate goal is to know if he knew Piñera bribery conducted by LAN managers.

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