Paraguay’s politicians are under the spotlight for drug traficking, again, as a special senate commission submits its report to the attorney general today.
The report implicates legislators from the Paraguayan Congress, a representative from Parlasur, as well as former legislators and politicians. All are associated with the Colorado party. A retired colonel is also named.
Luis Rojas, minister of the National Anti-drug Secretariat, appeared on television alongside the first vice president of the Senate, Enrique Bachetta, saying that the report implicates many more politicians beyond those already named.
The accusations are based on investigations done by agents of the National Anti-drug Secretariat, who conducted wiretaps as part of their research.
Paraguay’s attorney general, Javier Diaz Veron, announced that he has prepared a special team of prosecutors to follow up on the allegations. He also stated that he appreciates the seriousness of the situation and the prosecutors will work until they get to the bottom of the situation.
Hugo Richer, head of the leftist Guasu Front in the Senate, called for the investigations to go further.
The extent to which drug trafficking has permeated government institutions became more apparent after journalist Pablo Medina was assassinated last October while he was investigating criminal groups in the north of the country.