SANTIAGO DE CHILE, OCTOBER 13 – Chilean lawmakers filed a constitutional charge against President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday, after revealing his connection to the sale of the Dominga mining project in a tax haven, contained in the investigation known as the Pandora Papers. .
In a message posted on the social network Twitter, the frontrunner for the presidency, Gabriel Borek, said, “We have taken a step to protect Chile by initiating the constitutional impeachment against President Sebastian Pinera. We will not allow serious, publicly known facts that undermine the honor of the nation and violate the Constitution.”
In statements to the press, Borek said that he and his fellow court members “are not the only ones” (indicting Pinera) and that “the president is accused today (…) of bribery.” In addition, he said, Dominga is a case of ecological pillage that would destroy the Humboldt Archipelago, in the town of La Higuera, in Ponta de Choros, in Coquimbo.
He pointed out that for this reason, all opposition parties signed the appeal, expressing their expectation that it would be approved by the relevant committee and the House of Representatives, given the seriousness of the events.
Also in a Twitter message, Representative Camila Vallejo spoke out in favor of the accusation. “If we want to end the culture of impunity, we have to act,” he said.
According to documents leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, in cooperation with the Chilean media Ciper and LaBot, in 2010 Pinera and his family sold stakes in the Dominga project for $152 million to his friend and businessman Carlos Alberto Delano, PL reported. ..
Part of this deal was made in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands and payment had to be made in three installments, the last of which was conditional on the depositary area not being declared an environmental protection area.
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