Chile: Prosecutors to investigate Pinera following Pandora papers leak

Source: Reuters

“Chile’s public prosecutor said on Friday it would open an investigation into the sale of a mining project involving the family of President Sebastian Pinera after new details emerged about the transaction in the Pandora papers leak. Marta Herrera, head of the office’s anti-corruption unit, said the agency would investigate possible bribery-related corruption charges as well as tax violations. The ‘Pandora Papers’ are a cache of leaked documents that The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists say reveal offshore transactions involving global political and business figures. Among them are documents that appear to outline a deal involving the sale of the Dominga mine, a sprawling copper and iron project that activists have long said would cause undue environmental harm. The leak stirred controversy in Chile because it suggested the sale of the property, which involved a firm linked to Pinera’s family, was contingent on a favorable regulatory environment.” (10/08/21)