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Bolivian Parliament assesses investigating corruption

Bolivian Parliament assesses investigating corruption

La Paz, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The Plurinational Assembly of Bolivia is considering setting up a mixed commission of deputies and senators to follow up on the corruption scandal in Santa Cruz, being investigated by the Public Ministry.
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The working group will follow up on the process opened in said department, where a bag with papers found inside a house revealed irregularities in the Santa Cruz Mayor’s Office for an amount of more than one million dollars, according to initial analyses.

Legislator Estefanía Morales declared on Monday on Bolivia TV that the creation of the commission is supported by the current legal norm and the regulations of both legislative chambers.

She reported that the Autonomies Commission will summon the mayor of the city of Santa Cruz, Jhonny Fernández, to provide information on Antonio Parada, main suspect of what is known as “the case of the 800 ghost items”, and whereabouts are currently unknown.

The Bolivian Prosecutor’s Office ordered the arrest of Parada, the former director of Human Resources for the Mayor’s Office and his brother, prosecutor Marcela Terceros told the press.

Terceros indicated that the authorities are investigating the whereabouts of one of the main persons implicated in the incident and who was “declared in hiding.”

The case came to light at the end of November through Antonio Parada’s ex-wife, Valeria Rodríguez, who said last week that the fraud papers were found while her home was being painted.

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