Outgoing Peruvian Govt Leaves Corruption Cases Pending

Lima, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Outgoing Peruvian president Alan Garcia leaves with several corruption cases pending, several revealed today and others still unknown to the public.

The economic team of future President Ollanta Humala, who will take office on July 28, reported that the transfer of public administration found numerous cases of mismanagement to be denounced from August.

The Prosecutor’s Office reported that they are investigating six former ministers, a congresswoman and other officials as a result of information found on the computer of Romulo Leon, former Minister of Garcia’s first government (1985-90).

Leon led a corruption network with access to high levels of government, including the government palace, which was discovered in late 2008 through the dissemination of recordings of his telephone conversations obtained through private spying activities.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, those under investigation for influence peddling include Cunza Mirtha, secretary of the president, and former Ministers Jorge del Castillo, Luis Alva, Juan Valdivia, Carlos Vallejos, Antero Flores Araoz, Allan Wagner, and Hernán Garrido Lecca.

Del Castillo was prime minister and had to resign after the scandal due to his contacts with the network which did business with foreign companies.

Analysts believe that the network of León, pending a full clarification, may affect Garcia and is the biggest corruption case registered during his administration.

All opinion polls consider corruption is one of the main problems of the outgoing administration and the population expects that the new government of President Ollanta Humala, starting on July 28, will face this evil.


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