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Former Uruguayan FM evades responsibility amid political scandal

Montevideo, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) Former Foreign Minister Francisco Bustillo testified on Friday at the prosecutor's office about the passport granting to drug trafficker Sebastian Marset in 2021, the starting point of a scandal that led to his resignation.

Bustillo appeared at the Economic Crimes Prosecutor Alejandro Machado, and by the end of his trial he handed out a document to the press waiting outside the headquarters of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The text tries to lower decibels to the pieces of evidence provided this week by the former Deputy FM Carolina Ache, which incriminates the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, but also other government officials, as the Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry Guillermo Maciel, who at the time warned Ache in WhatsApp messages about the drug trafficker’s danger, a fugitive from justice.

Bustillo in his letter states that such exchanges are “private communications” and “do not constitute official documentation.”

The defendant alleges that when he urged the former deputy FM to “disappear” the mobile (to hinder an administrative investigation) he did so using a “figurative” phrase.