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  HOME | Paraguay

Paraguay Ex-AG Wanted for Corruption Surrenders

ASUNCION – Former Paraguayan Attorney General Javier Diaz Veron surrendered to authorities Friday to face charges he embezzled public funds.

After 11 days in hiding, Diaz Veron turned himself in at a National Police bureau in Asuncion, prosecutors said.

Hours later, a judge agreed to prosecutors’ request to order Diaz Veron held without bail. His wife, Maria Selva Morinigo, wanted in connection with the same case, surrendered on Tuesday and likewise remains in custody.

The prosecution has ordered the couple’s assets frozen.

Diaz Veron will face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

On Aug. 13, the prosecution requested the couple’s arrest on illicit enrichment and money laundering charges.

Diaz Veron and Morinigo cannot document the source of more than 3.76 billion guaranies ($654,000), according to the indictment.

Diaz Veron temporarily stepped down from his post in January after an investigation was opened into his alleged ownership of land held in the name of his mother-in-law and livestock not listed on his financial disclosure statement.

After the indictment was handed down, prosecutors seized documents during a search of the couple’s residence in Asuncion.

 

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