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Weekend Reads Senate in Chile agrees against office entertainment proceedings against head of state Piñera

06:25  17 november  2021
06:25  17 november  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, which is pressed by the "Pandora Papers", escape from an official involvement. In the case of a vote in the Senate on Tuesday (local time), the required two-thirds majority did not materialize for the initiation of a procedure against Piñera. Thus, the controversial sale of a mining company remains in 2010 for Piñera without consequences.

Der durch die © Martin Bernetti The Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, which is pressed by the "Pandora Papers", escape from an official involvement. In the case of a vote in the Senate, the required two-thirds majority did not materialize for the initiation of a procedure against Piñera.

24 senators voted for an official entertainment procedure against Piñera, 18 voted against it. Added to this was abstention. In order to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority, at least 29 senators for the official entertainment procedure would have to be correct. The lower house had voted in the past week for the opening of an official entertainment procedure against Piñera.

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Piñera is accused of selling a mining company through a company that belongs to its children in a tax paradise. At the beginning of October, the Chilean Prosecutor's Office had investigated in the president because of suspicion of corruption. Piñera denies the accusation that there was a conflict of interest in the business in 2010. An investigation in 2017 has shown that the sale was properly.

Piñera is one of the richest men's chiles. The opposition had already strained a deinterleaving procedure against him in 2019. Background was then the suppression of protests against social inequality in the country.

In the case of an official involvement, Piñera threatened up to five years imprisonment. The term of office of the President will regulate in March of the coming year. On November 21, presidential and congress elections take place in Chile.

The International Search Network ICIJ had published the "Pandora Papers" at the beginning of October. The evaluation of just twelve million documents of offshore financial services providers concerns more than 330 politicians and officials worldwide, including 35 reigning and former heads of state and government. They are to have made secret shops in a considerable amount of mailbox companies. Whether the transactions are illegal, however, the authorities must examine in individual cases.

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