Home South AmericaChile Minister Rutherford detains former Army Commander Óscar Izurieta Ferrer for fraud against the treasury

Minister Rutherford detains former Army Commander Óscar Izurieta Ferrer for fraud against the treasury

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The visiting minister of the Martial Court, Romy Rutherford Parentti, questioned this Thursday and left the retired general Óscar Izurieta Ferrer as a detainee, on the edge in which the use of reserved expenses in the Chilean Army is being investigated.

The magistrate questioned the former commander-in-chief of the Army throughout the day and after that diligence, she decided to admit him to the Peñalolén Military Police Battalion, waiting to resolve his procedural situation within the legal period of 5 days.

This Friday the interrogation will continue and on Monday the judge will determine whether to submit him to trial or not.

The suspicions surrounding the role of the military retiree are based on the statements of two key witnesses who handled the remittances of reserved expenses of the Commander in Chief, which Izurieta led between 2006 and 2010. They are Colonel Sergio Vásquez and who preceded him in finance, Jorge Cortés. Both in their interrogations allude to the Izurieta period.

The investigation has already prosecuted the generals (R), Juan Miguel Fuente-Alba and Humberto Oviedo, in addition to the former colonel, Mauricio Orlando Seguel Albornoz.

The deputy of the Socialist Party, Leonardo Soto – former president of the investigative commission of the so-called fraud in the Army – told Biobío radio that he hopes that the generals will have exemplary sentences, in the event that they are found guilty.

In support of the work carried out by the magistrate of the Martial Court, the plenary session of the Supreme Court extended her exclusive dedication to continue investigating “fraud in the Army” for at least one more year.



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