LatinNews Daily - 01 August 2022

US designates Paraguay’s Cartes for corruption

Paraguay: On 22 July US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US had designated Paraguay’s former president Horacio Cartes (2013-2018) for his alleged involvement in significant corruption. According to a US State Department press release, Cartes obstructed a major international investigation into transnational crime in order to protect himself and his criminal associate from potential prosecution and political damage. The same source warns that these actions “undermined the stability of Paraguay’s democratic institutions by contributing to public perception of corruption and impunity within the office of the Paraguayan President”. It adds that “these actions enabled and perpetuated Cartes’s recently documented involvement with foreign terrorist organizations and other US-designated entities which undermines the security of the US against transnational crime and terrorism and threatens regional stability”.

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