Deputies reject that clubs and tobacco companies are investigated for money laundering

The Chamber of Deputies sent to the archives the bill that modifies articles 13, 25 and 28 of Law 1,015/97, «That prevents and represses illicit acts destined to the legitimization of money or goods, modified by Law 3783/ 09 and law 6797/21».

With 35 votes for rejection and 29 votes for approval, the Lower House rejected the initiative.

Edgar Acosta, promoter deputy, expressed in a press conference that many pro-government and opposition members voted for the rejection of his project.

“It’s a shame because what we want is transparency. If everything is fine, and if they say that everything is transparent, I don’t understand why they care », he questioned.

He argued that the Colorados defend businesses. And they only vote against it to take advantage of the internal elections of the ANR.

«Today more than ever it was verified. This project affected the business. We had 44 votes and 15 came out before the session. They are from the ruling party and the opposition, I am going to divulge the list. I am not going to explain why they are absent », he commented.

The project goes to the archive and cannot be processed until June 2023.

CONTEXT

In August 2021, Abdo Benítez, President of the Republic, promulgated the law that prevents and represses illicit acts aimed at legitimizing money or goods and its amending law 3783/2009.

However, the clubs and the tobacco companies were excluded among the obligated subjects. Chartist deputies and some liberals voted for the exclusion. It should be remembered that Horacio Cartes is the owner of the tobacco company Tabesa and former president of the Libertad club.

After the latest complaints against Cartes, Edgar Acosta, promoter of the document approved with modifications last year, resubmitted it with the aim of now including clubs and tobacco companies. However, again a Chartist majority with his allies prevented it.



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