The Chilean opposition is attempting to impeach Pinera on the Pandora Papers allegations.


The Chilean opposition is attempting to impeach Pinera on the Pandora Papers allegations.

According to a lawmaker, Chile’s opposition attempted to impeach President Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday over the contentious sale of a mining company through a corporation owned by his children, which was revealed in the Pandora Papers leaks.

Pinera exploited “his office for personal business,” according to congressman Tomas Hirsch, who presented the complaint in the lower chamber of Congress, the first stage in the potentially lengthy impeachment process.

The move comes after the Chilean public prosecutor’s office started an investigation into the claims surrounding the sale of the Dominga mining firm in 2010, during Pinera’s first term in power.

The Pandora Papers leaks, a massive archive of reports on world leaders’ hidden wealth studied by the International Consortium of Journalists, spurred the investigation (ICIJ).

Pinera, one of Chile’s wealthiest men, has refuted the allegations, claiming that he was cleared of the charges in a 2017 probe.

Pinera said he had “complete faith that the courts, like they have already done, will certify there were no anomalies and also my total innocence” when the fresh probe was launched last week.

According to legislative sources, Chile’s Chamber of Deputies, which is controlled by the opposition, would have to vote on whether to approve or reject the indictment in the first week of November.

If it is approved, the matter will be sent to the Senate, which will have to function as a jury to decide Pinera’s fate.

It is Pinera’s second impeachment case, following a failed attempt to remove him from office in 2019 over his at times ruthless crackdown on anti-inequality protestors.

The decision is expected to be made before Chileans go to the polls to elect Pinera’s successor on November 21.

His second term, which began in March 2018, will finish on March 11 of the following year.

The Panama Papers linked Pinera to the $152 million sale of Dominga to businessman Carlos Delano, a personal friend of the president, through a firm held by his children in 2010.

According to the report, the operation was carried out in major part in the British Virgin Islands.

It further claimed that a contentious phrase was introduced, which made the company’s final payment conditional on “not establishing an area of environmental protection in the mining company’s operations, as desired by environmental groups.”

The Chilean president has the authority to make that decision.

, according to. The Washington Newsday Brief News is a daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C.


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