The bench of senators from the Frente Amplio confirmed that they will question the Minister of the Interior, Luis Alberto Heber, although he appeared in the Senate on Tuesday as a general commission to explain the performance of the investigation portfolio of Gustavo Penadés, who was indicted and imprisoned for 22 sex crimes.
The coordinator of the bench, Liliam Kechichian, said in a press conference with other senators that Heber will be limited on Tuesday to “just one specific fact (the case of Penadés) from a long list of concerns and serious irregularities identified by Frente Amplio in the management of the Ministry of the Interior.”
“We have asked him to resign, but there are many answers left to give that are not in the room today, and that is what we will try to address in the interpellation,” said Kechichian.
The Front will present the interpellation motion next Wednesday, October 1. Silvia Nane will do the interview.
The senator mentioned Heber’s position on Tuesday when he said that the police did an “impeccable” job during the investigation of the Penadés case. “We do not doubt that the police have acted well. No one has asked the police to resign. What we demand is the resignation of the minister, and who we are talking to has no political responsibility,” Nane said.
On the other hand, he criticized the government: “Once again, they forgot to talk about the victims.”
“The minister talked about all the guarantees that were given. Who gave all the guarantees? “The senator asked.
Heber in the Senate
Heber assured on Tuesday that the former director of the former Comcar, Carlos Taroco, an agent who worked with him, and a prison operator were all summed up and separated from the position by portfolio after an internal investigation to determine if there were police officers who collaborated with Penadés. “They acted on their account, and now they are in jail”, Heber said to the camera.
In his opinion, if he gets a warrant and wants to avoid going to jail, the police will say, “I was instructed in this investigation by the director of the National Rehabilitation Institute (Luis Mendoza) or by the minister or a hierarchical”
Heber emphasized that the ministry conducted an internal investigation that found one person involved—the prison operator—beyond what the prosecution showed, as well as the “impeccable” work of the police in collaboration with the public ministry.
“We discovered that they were working illegally, said the minister.
In addition, he points to the reactions of the opposition to the involvement of the police in the development of Penadés in a theory similar to the prosecution: both in the request for the resignation of the entire bank of the Frente Amplio and in the statements of legislators.
This Monday, the senator of the Popular Participation Movement (MPP), Alejandro Sánchez, said that he “does not trust Heber,” that “he is suspected of collaborating” with Penadés, and stated in an interview with noon from Azul FM: “He’s lied to us other times.”
“They should ask me to resign, yes. This is a public right that we all have. And in the past, we have asked them many times about other topics,said the minister in the room.
“Am I not trustworThe, the opposition party doesn’t trust me, but it goes without saying. It cannot be said that there was any practical action to give the order of Mr. Taroco if the necessary evidence is not brought to prove such cruelty,” said Heber.
The minister is the one who asked the president of the Senate, Beatriz Argimón, to be accepted in the upper house. However, the opposition has announced that it will ask him more questions.