Lacalle Pou says he is not lying and that "he was not informed" about Astesiano's background

Lacalle Pou says he is not lying and that “he was not informed” about Astesiano’s background

Archive photo: Presidency of the Republic
Archive photo: Presidency of the Republic

The President of the Republic, Luis Lacalle Pou, spoke this Friday from Maldonado about everything that is now known about the case of Alejandro Astesiano, his former custodian who is allegedly part of an illicit business of selling false passports to people of Russian nationality.

The president has said, first, that Astesiano did not have a criminal record, and then that he did. Later, the Ministry of the Interior affirmed in a statement that the file with all the information of the former custodian had been adulterated; that when it arrived at the hands of the president he did not show the convictions and indictments but that they appeared “surprisingly” now in 2022.

I’m not lying, I’m telling you the truth”, responded Lacalle at a press conference in Maldonado, where he attended the inauguration of the offices of the Pilot Plan for the Prevention and Treatment of Addictions, an event attended by local authorities, such as Mayor Enrique Antía. “I can be wrong, but I’m not lying. They will not have a president who lies. That you can be wrong, yes, but not lie. I was not informedLacalle added.

Accused and fired

On Tuesday, Astesiano was charged with three crimes of fraud, association to commit a crime and simulation of marital status, that is, falsification of documents.

He was dismissed by Lacalle Pou only on Thursday after publicly accepting that he knew of the dozens of police investigations that weighed on his custodian.

Although Lacalle insists that he was never informed of some things, it is known that in 2013 he was prosecuted for four months in prison. The background, says the Presidency, did not appear in the file that reached said instance, but now in 2022 they are.

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