In September 2021, the caucus of senators from the Broad Front had filed a criminal complaint against the Minister of Transportation, Luis Alberto Heber, before the Prosecutor for Economic and Complex Crimes; the undersecretary of the portfolio, Juan José Olaizola; the Secretary of the Presidency, Rodrigo Ferrés; and the president of the National Ports Administration (ANP), Juan Curbelo, for “irregularities and acts of criminal appearance” as a result of the extension of the concession until 2081 of the Montevideo port terminal, to the firm Katoen Natie.
While last February, the Frente Amplio parliamentarians denounced that with Katoen Natie’s business plan “it is demonstrated that the thesis of exclusivity or monopoly in favor of the Belgian shipping company was a lie that was used to justify an arbitrary benefit”.
In the last few hours, Senator Mario Bergara said that there are “more irregularities in the port issue.”
“The authorities hid a legal report from the ANP that clearly states that what Katoen Natie requested was not legal. They violated the Access to Public Information Act to protect the illegal agreement,” Bergara said.
In the same vein, Senator Charles Carrera denounced that “Curbelo hid information from Parliament: The 2019 Resolution that agreed with the Uruguayan State regarding Katoen Natie. Curbelo was aware since he was a member of the Board of Directors. More elements for the complaint”.