SANTIAGO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Chile’s public prosecutor mentioned on Friday it might open an investigation into the sale of a mining undertaking involving the household of President Sebastian Pinera after new particulars emerged concerning the transaction within the Pandora papers leak.
Marta Herrera, head of the workplace’s anti-corruption unit, mentioned the company would investigate potential bribery-related corruption prices in addition to tax violations.
The “Pandora Papers” are a cache of leaked paperwork that The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists say reveal offshore transactions involving world political and enterprise figures. Among them are documents that seem to define a deal involving the sale of the Dominga mine, a sprawling copper and iron undertaking that activists have lengthy mentioned would trigger undue environmental hurt.
The leak stirred controversy in Chile as a result of it urged the sale of the property, which concerned a agency linked to Pinera’s household, was contingent on a positive regulatory setting.
At the time, Pinera, a billionaire businessman, was in his first yr of his first time period in workplace.
Pinera earlier this week rejected the allegations in a televised assertion and mentioned that the main points of the 2010 settlement had been a part of a previous judicial investigation that cleared him of wrongdoing.
Herrera mentioned the brand new investigation would look extra carefully on the specifics of the deal associated to Dominga, noting that the contract, signed within the British Virgin Islands, was not within the authentic case file, though a pre-agreement that outlined the situations had been obtainable to prosecutors beforehand.
The investigation will decide if the leaks embody new data on the deal’s phrases that would represent against the law.
Opposition lawmakers in Chile have mentioned they may search to launch impeachment hearings in opposition to Pinera over the Dominga case and the most recent revelations.