"Inexistencia de delito": la Presidencia de Chile responde a los Papeles de Pandora

The Presidency of Chile has issued This Sunday a statement regarding the revelations that appear in the Pandora Papers, an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published this same day in which it is revealed that presidents and other high-ranking officials Public officials resorted to tax havens to hide property and income.

In particular, the leaked files suggest that the family of the current Chilean president would have sealed in 2010 a millionaire sale of the Dominga mining project to the businessman and friend of President Carlos Alberto Délano. The transaction was made through two fictitious companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Three Latin American heads of state in the Pandora Papers: how Lasso, Piñera and Abinader are linked to tax havens

Three Latin American heads of state in the Pandora Papers: how Lasso, Piñera and Abinader are linked to tax havens

Regarding these disclosures, the presidential statement indicates that the sale of Minera Dominga it has already been investigated “in depth by the Public Ministry and the Courts of Justice during 2017”.

“The prosecution recommended ending the cause due to the non-existence of a crime, to comply with the law and the lack of participation of President Sebastián Piñera in the aforementioned operation, “the document reads.

On the other hand, the message emphasizes that the leader neither participated nor was aware of the sale and purchase process of said mining project, just as Piñera is highlighted “had no stake in the administration“of the companies listed in the inquiry.

Furthermore, according to the statement, the current tenant of La Moneda “does not participate in the administration of any company. for more than 12 years, before assuming his first presidency “, while neither he, nor the members of his family” have investment companies incorporated abroad.

Meanwhile, voices have already been raised from the opposition to initiate an investigation against Piñera. “What the president did is very serious, we will do all the investigations about it and we are even analyzing with the bench the creation of an Investigative Commission in the Chamber of Deputies to investigate the matter “, appointment The Journalist to the deputy of the Social Convergence party, Gonzalo Winter. In parallel, the politician did not exclude the possibility of opening a constitutional accusation against the president, for which a debate in the Chamber of Deputies would be necessary.

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