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The most corrupt politicians in Latin America

Illegal appropriation of resources, economic demands, and huge salaries are some acts of corruption of certain Latin American politicians

The most corrupt politicians in Latin America

Venezuela: Nicolás Maduro, a corrupt in power

On August 15 of this year, the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice, situated in Bogotá, Colombia, found the president of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro guilty of the crimes of corruption and legitimation of capital. The Court sentenced him to 18 years and three months in prison.

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Also, earlier this year, in the complaint that former Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega presented to Congress, it was learned that Nicolás Maduro has links with the Brazilian firm Odebrecht. According to Ortega, it was "a whole structure of corruption." According to the Odebrecht representative in the District Court of Brooklyn, this division of structured operations distributed around 788,000,000 USD in Brazil and eleven countries in the region. However, in Venezuela, the scandals are bigger, since it was the country where the greatest damage to property was caused ".

Maduro will have to pay a fine of 25 million dollars and compensate 35 billion dollars to the State, according to the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela, besides responding in the Jail of Ramo Verde in the state of Miranda the crimes of corruption in the who was found guilty.

The acts of corruption of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori

In 2009, the former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, was sentenced to 7 years and six months in prison by the Special Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court. The sentence was given, after recognizing the crime of embezzlement by appropriating 15 million dollars from the State and handing them over to his former adviser Vladimiro Montesinos. He had to make a civil compensation of 3 million soles, according to the Peruvian RPP.

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In 2015, Fujimori was convicted of telephone espionage, payment to the media and the purchase of defending congressmen, who are known for betraying members of their political group to join or hinder the political party that has a majority in Congress and benefit or harm the current government, according to the Republic of Peru.

Arnoldo Alemán and his trail of corruption in Nicaragua

The former president of Nicaragua, who governed between 1997 and 2002, has serious cases of corruption on his resume. Among those that stand out, according to El Nuevo Diario de Nicaragua, the one of "the cards", that was when "The Central Bank issued credit cards paid by the taxpayers in favor of former President Alemán, who spent almost 2 million dollars on plane tickets, perfumes, car rentals, Egyptian gifts and even a Parisian nightclub during his term in office. "

"Megasalarios", as mentioned by El Nuevo Diario, and the deficient work of Arnoldo Alemán, cost the State "285 thousand dollars a year when George W. Bush earned 35 thousand dollars less in the same period". "The 400 high-level officials consumed 40 million dollars a month."

However, although Alemán was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his acts of corruption, the current president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, was responsible for acquitting him through the Supreme Court of Justice of his country, highlights Reuters.

Colombia: Samuel Moreno, the former mayor of Bogotá who starred in "the carousel of hiring"

After being elected to be mayor of Bogotá for his Polo Democrático party, Samuel Moreno Rojas ended up as the protagonist of one of the biggest corruption scandals that had touched the Colombian capital: "the carousel of hiring". This consisted of asking for money in exchange for delivering works to certain contractors. For the Supreme Court of Justice, Moreno Rojas received a percentage for a contract of more than 67,000 million pesos, signed between the Ministry of Health of the District and the Temporary Union Ambulatory Transport of Bogotá. In addition, it was found that there was a requirement of 10% for contractors to win the tender. The Superior Court of Bogotá sentenced him to 24 years in prison in January 2017.

Latin American Post | Edwin Gustavo Guerrero Nova

Translated from '¿Cuáles son los políticos más corruptos de América Latina?'

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