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Bolivia seeks to recover millions of dollars stolen by former ministe

Bolivia seeks to recover millions of dollars stolen by former ministe

La Paz, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is working on a civil trial in order to recover the millions of dollars stolen by the former minister of government Arturo Murillo, according to an official source.
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‘This is a cause to recover the assets linked to the economic damage caused as a result of the ‘Tear Gas’ case. We forwarded the information to the (Greenberg Traurig) law firm in order to recover the Money’, said the State Attorney General, Wilfredo Chavez.

US authorities detained Murillo last May 26th on charges of corruption and assets laundering on US soil during the purchase of tear gas and less-than-lethal munitions for Jeanine Añez’s government.

Murillo’s sister Magda Mireya, his brother in law Daniel Leonardo Aliss Paredes, and police officers Víctor Gomez Apaza y Daniel Bellot are also linked to the case.

The list goes on to include Murillo’s former Chief of Cabinet Sergio Rodrigo Mendez Mendizabal as well as Luis Berkman, Bryan Berkman and Philip Lichtenfeld, along with others.

Luis and Bryan Berkman, two of the representatives of the mediating company, paid 500,000 and 350,000 dollars respectively in bails last week in order to avoid being jailed and obtain a defense in freedom.

The hearing against Murillo was rescheduled for July 9th in Miami, Florida, and despite he’s negotiating a sentence of less than 20 years in prison, Bolivian authorities do not rule out a bail as well.

‘We do not want that at all, although he may settle for less years in jail because that is his right. One he is convicted there and is done with (it), we will enable the extradition procedures for Bolivia’, Chavez said.

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