The USA authorities included former President of Paraguay and businessman Horacio Manuel Cartes on his corruption checklist and banned him from getting into the nation.
In an announcement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicated that former President “(Cartes) Jara hampered a significant cross-border crime investigation to guard himself and his legal confederate from attainable prosecution and political hurt”.
“These actions undermined the soundness of Paraguay’s democratic establishments, contributing to public perceptions of corruption and impunity within the Paraguayan President’s workplace,” he stated.
By putting Cartes on the checklist of corrupt people and entities, the Joe Biden authorities needs to indicate that preventing corruption in Latin America is one in every of its priorities. Different personalities from completely different international locations within the area have additionally been included on this checklist, starting from drug traffickers to civil servants.
Washington considers corruption to be one of many important causes of migration, because it hurts the economic system and will increase poverty and inequalities.
Cartes, who was President of Paraguay between August 2013 and August 2018, owns a conglomerate of about 25 corporationss, together with one of many three media conglomerates in Paraguay. The previous president has been questioned about alleged irregularities in his multimillion-dollar fortune and is beneath investigation in Brazil for alleged hyperlinks to a money-laundering community chief.
In accordance with the US authorities, Cartes’ actions “enabled and perpetuated” his current involvement in terrorist organizations and different entities already labeled corrupt by Washington.
Along with Cartes, his youngsters Juan Pablo Cartes Montaña, Sofía Cartes Montaña and María Sol Cartes Montaña had been additionally included within the checklist of corrupt folks.