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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Paraguay Congress summons US and Brazil ambassadors to discuss money laundering

Paraguay’s congressional bicameral inquiry commission (CBI) called on the ambassadors of the United States and Brazil for next Tuesday to try and answer questions about organized crime and money laundering, parliamentary sources informed today.

In its final phase of work, before presenting the final document, IWC would like to hear from Jose Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho and Mark Ostfield, ambassadors to Brazil and the United States, respectively.

“With the US ambassador it is a case of terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering. And with the people of the Brazilian embassy it is basically drug trafficking, illegal smuggling of cigarettes and tobacco derivatives,” said the head of the commission , explained Senator George Querrey.

The two diplomats are relevant for different reasons: Ostfield was the one who disclosed the status “quite corrupt” that the United States had given to former President Horacio Cartes and Vice President Hugo Velázquez, and Macondés de Carvalho weighed in on a wider range. goes. That is the action of groups associated with drug trafficking and smuggling in both countries and the region.

Ostfield met with some legislators just today, including head of Congress Oscar Salomon (Colorado) and head of deputy Carlos López (liberals).

“Critical meeting with Congressional leaders @cachitosalomon and @DipCarlosMLopez to discuss priorities such as the fight against corruption and organized crime and the proposed Master Plan to enhance the ecological, social and commercial benefits of waterways,” the ambassador wrote on Twitter. ”

Deputy Desiree Massi, a regular complainant in money laundering cases, was also called, who also used Twitter to acknowledge the call and challenged former President Cartes to leave, summoned three times but protected by a court ruling. was not.

Masi wrote, “Since I have been called to the bicameral inquiry commission (CBI) of Lavado and obviously I am going to have privileges, I take advantage of this and challenge the mafia boss to go with 100 of his lawyers.” Come and refute my statements.” Along with a photo in which she is seen facing Cartes.

The MLAs estimate that the body may submit its final report in the first fortnight of October.

The bicameral commission for the investigation of penal acts of money laundering and other related offenses – such is its full name – is made up of 3 senators and 3 deputies, and began its work in June. He will give his report in the plenary session of each chamber.

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