Peru President to veto bill reducing sanctions on political parties' illegal financing

13:40 | Lima, Dec. 6.

President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday announced he will veto the bill —approved by opposition-led Congress last Wednesday— aimed at reducing sanctions to punish illegal financing in political parties.

According to the Head of State, this type of measures does not support the fight against corruption in Peru

Likewise, the top official mentioned he had to express his concern regarding the Congress-passed bill that includes political parties' illegal financing crimes into the Peruvian Criminal Code. This would reduce the sentences for those who are under investigation over alleged money laundering offenses

"For that reason, I announce, as the President of the Republic, as the one in charge of the Executive Branch, that I will veto that bill once it is sent to my office. This kind of actions create indignation among Peruvians," he underlined.

The statesman also commented on former President Alan Garcia's allegations, who is claiming his phone calls had been illegally intercepted. 

It should be noted Interior Minister Carlos Moran ruled out such practices and expressed his surprise, as well as indignation regarding the accusations. 

"What a coincidence that, at the same time, it (the bill) was approved, there was a claim of alleged illegal phone interception (…). Who is trying to benefit from this regulation? What is the intention of approving this bill that is related to one of the referendum's questions?" he asked.

As is known, Peruvians will go to the polls on Sunday to express their opinion on four proposed constitutional reforms.


Furthermore, Vizcarra reaffirmed the international community acknowledges that a true rule of law exists in Peru, adding this week Uruguayan and Spanish Governments denied asylum requests to former President Alan Garcia and ex-Supreme Judge Cesar Hinostroza, who are currently under investigation.

"In the country, there is a separation of powers where judges and prosecutors comply with their duties to investigate and sanction corruption," he concluded. 


Moreover, the Head of State criticized Congress' repeal of the bill —submitted by the Executive Branch— forcing casinos and slot machines to keep paying Selective Consumption Taxes (ISC). 


Publicado: 6/12/2018