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Public Ministry charges former Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Juan Barreto Cipriani

Two other former directors and a contractor have already been charged

The Public Ministry charged former Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Juan Barreto Cipriani for alleged involvement in crimes established by the Law against Corruption during his tenure as Metropolitan Mayor between 2004 and 2008.

As such, the 53rd public prosecutor, who has nation-wide jurisdiction, and the 68th public prosecutor, whose jurisdiction is Metropolitan Caracas, Ana Isabel Hernández and Emylce Ramos Julio, respectively,  summoned the former mayor to appear in court next Wednesday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m.  In the presence of his legal representation, the Barreto will be charged with crimes determined by the Public Ministry during its investigations.

In this way, Barreto enjoy full exercise of the rights enshrined in Article 49 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and in Articles 124, 125, 130 and 131 of the Organic Code for Criminal Processes (COPP), which enables him to request and reply to evidence and proceedings.

It is worth noting that the investigation, which began on November 12th, 2007, has led to charges for three other people and a court-ordered arrest warrant.  The investigation dealt with alleged irregularities in the awarding and implementation of the “Surveillance Area System for Metropolitan Caracas” and the “Proposal for LED News Screens for Metropolitan Caracas”.

Last March 11th, the former Director of Planning and Projects for Metropolitan Caracas, José Manuel Iglesias, was charged for allegedly committing the crimes of improper and malicious fraud, targeted embezzlement and improper agreement between an official and contractor, all of which are established in the Law against Corruption.

Moreover, on March 12th, the former General Director of Technology and Digital Projects, Carlos Javier Martínez, was also charged with improper and malicious fraud, of improper and malicious fraud, targeted embezzlement and improper agreement between an official and contractor.  In addition, a representative of the “Comercializadora Puente Electronics” firm, In Hwan Oh, was charged for accessory to improper and malicious fraud and fraudulent acquisition of public funds.

This case is related to a contract for stationary balloons for aerial surveillance of the city, one of which was involved in an accident and ceased to function.

Prensa Ministerio Público, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 22, 2009

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