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The Fourth Criminal Chamber of the Departmental Court of Cochabamba determined this Thursday the house arrest for the mayor of Colcapirhua Nelson Gallinate, who had preventive detention in a Cochabamba prison for the alleged overpricing in the purchase of nasal antigen tests.
According to the complaint, 10,000 units were purchased at a cost of 58 bolivianos each.
Although he achieved substitute measures, he will still not be able to resume his functions in the municipal executive as mayor, an interim position that is currently held by the councilor of the Citizen Community (CC), Nelly Mayta.
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“A bond of 150,000 bolivianos has been established. Colcapirhua will recover its mayor. He has been the victim of political manipulation by his own party. The judge has determined that he be given an immediate release order and that he can be with his family,” Gallinate’s lawyer, Eduardo Mérida, published Opinion.
In the opinion of the jurist, Gallinate “is sure of his innocence. It was demonstrated that there was no such overpricing.”
Earlier this month, the official was arrested along with two other municipal officials for alleged corruption.
Specifically, the former mayor is being investigated for the crimes of negotiations incompatible with the exercise of public office, breach of duties and uneconomic conduct.