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Uruguayan president criticized for putting pressure on justice

Montevideo, Oct 7 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Senator Jose Carlos Mahia, from 'Frente Amplio' (FA-Broad Front), criticized President Luis Lacalle Pou on Wednesday for putting pressure on courts in the context of a complaint against the granting of a monopoly to a multinational company.

The complaining Broad Front bloc claimed that the agreement to grant control of the Montevideo port’s Container Terminal to the Belgian company Kaoten Natie for 60 years resulted in ‘a series of very serious crimes’.

The document blames incumbent Minister of the Interior and former Minister of Transportation Luis Alberto Heber; Deputy Secretary of the Presidency Rodrigo Ferres; National Ports Administration (ANP) President Juan Curbelo; and Vice Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Jose Olaizola.

Shortly after, the president wrote on Twitter that ‘regarding the agreement concerning the port terminal, I want to make it clear that they acted under my supervision and responsibility’.

Mahía considered that ‘it was a veiled public interference of pressure on the legal system, and a president has the right to express himself on all issues he feels he should, but due to his position he should refrain from making such comments’.

Senator Mario Bergara also spoke in simnilar terms during a television interview hours earlier.

Legislator Charles Carrera, who led the complaint, criticized that ‘in the face of serious irregularities and illegalities denounced by the FA in the delivery of the port’ to a monopoly in the container terminal in Montevideo for 60 years, Lacalle Pou reacts in an ‘intemperate way’.

He claimed that ‘institutions and the judicial system must work without any kind of pressure’, and demanded respect.


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