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Monday, September 01 2014 @ 09:54 PM EDT

Former Attorney General Ana Matilde Gomez Makes Sworn Statement in Perez Balladares Recording Case

CorruptionThe former Attorney General Ana Matilde Gomez testified under oath on Wednesday at the Fourth Municipal Personality (prosecutor's office) in relation to the investigation that is underway against former President Ernesto Perez Balladares, over the disclosure of a telephone conversation with the then legislator Manuel De La Hoz, in which he mentioned several names of people allegedly involved in a bribery scandal to approve the Multimodal Center Industrial and Service, CEMIS. De La Hoz denounced Perez Balladares after the recording was sent to a print medium (newspaper), while the former president denied any wrongdoing, stating that he gave the recording to the Public Ministry when Ana Matilde Gomez was the Attorney General. Gomez said she did not give the recording to the newspapers, but rather she gave it to the Judicial Branch, and it was Mulino (Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino) who was informed of the existence of this recording. (TVN)

Editor's Comment: At issue - can this recording be used as evidence in the CEMIS case. And, should Ernesto Perez Balladares be held criminally responsible for having violated the privacy of De La Hoz by first recording the meeting, and then giving it over to the press. Reportedly there was a meeting between Ernesto Perez Balladares and Manuel De La Hoz, which Perez Balladares recorded without De La Hoz's knowledge on both audio and video. Also present at the meeting was the former Housing Minister Roosevelt Thayer. Perez Balladares then gave copies of the recording over to Ana Matilde Gomez, who was the Attorney General at the time. And because the CEMIS case was being investigated by the Supreme Court, she gave the recordings to them. Then (of course) they made their way to the press, and no one is claiming responsibility for that.

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