A pro-government deputy denounced a millionaire bribe from a Chinese company to officials of a state highway entity in bolivia and caused a shock in the ruling party of the South American country.
The parliamentarian of the governing Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), Hector Arce, denounced in recent days before the prosecution that “the bribery, the agreed bribery represents about 18 million Bolivians”, about 2.6 million dollars.
This Tuesday he denounced that for this reason he suffers “threats”. “They will not intimidate me”said.
The complaint involves the Chinese company “check” and state officials Bolivian Highway Administration (ABC), including its president henry ninaa powerful indigenous leader and PLUS.
In February of this year, ABC awarded Chec the 25.8-kilometre Sucre-Yamparaez highway in the department of Chuquisaca (southeast) for 456.8 million bolivianos (65.6 million dollars) with funds from CAF, the General State Treasury and the local government, according to ABC.
The work is 10% complete and its completion is scheduled for three years.
Nina denied the claims of payment that, according to Arce, involve said road project and said that he requested an internal audit to determine responsibilities.
“I will not accept that [Nina] use your status as president of ABC to threaten and intimidate me,” said Arce.
The also parliamentarian of the MAS Renán Cabezas pointed out that “Nina should step aside, she should resign.”
After his complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office, Nine ABC officials and an executive from the Chinese firm were arrested last weekend.
Former leftist president Evo Morales (2006-2019) wrote on Twitter on Monday: “We repudiate the threats to the deputy brother Héctor Arce for investigating and following up on corruption complaints.”
“Our duty (…) is to denounce corruption to take care of our government,” he added.
During the month of August, the opposition group We Believe sent letters to international organizations, such as the European Union (EU) and the United Nations, to denounce “acts of intimidation and persecution” against Bolivian opposition legislators by the government of Luis Arce.
The head of the bench in the Senate of Cree, Centa Rek, stated together with senators and deputies of that party that They sent letters to the EU, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). They also sent a letter to the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego García-Sayán.
In the letter they state that Since President Luis Arce came to power, a “persecution” began against former authorities, police, military, but also authorities who denounce “outrages, excesses and violations of human rights.”
“The senators and deputies have not escaped this reality,” the letter indicates.
(With information from AFP)
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