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Peruvian Congressman Michael Urtecho Accused of Corruption
Written by Isabel Guerra · Translated by Alexandra Quinn On 15 October 2013 @ 12:42 pm | No Comments
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Peruvian Congressman Michael Urtecho is accused, amongst other things , of pocketing a large percentage of the Congress workers’ salaries, of being inconsistent with donations of wheelchairs for disabled groups and of falsifying and altering expense receipts (and payments to “ghost companies”) in order to radically increase the amount he was reimbursed.
Last week, Congress approved  the suspension and constitutional accusation order that the Ethics Commission requested against Urtecho, who, at one point, was part of this Commission in Congress. Urtecho will be suspended from his roles for 120 days and will be charged constitutionally for four crimes. Furthermore, the group National Solidarity  [en], a centre-right party to which Urtecho belongs, said  that the congressman would be separated from their ranks if the suspension was approved.
Congress’ approval has awakened the debate in social networks surrounding this particular case that has already been present for nearly two weeks in the Peruvian press.
Internet users have been discussing this case, focusing primarily on the presumed entrenched  corruption in Congress, in the lack of morality of the Congressman , and in the need to establish exemplary sanctions  for these cases.
Regarding the matter, Mario C. Rosina commented on twitter:
Lo de M.Urtecho parece ser solo la punta del iceberg de una costumbre delictiva instalada en el Congreso de la República desde hace mucho.
— Mario C. Rosina (@MarioRosinaB) October 11, 2013 
The matter of M.Urtecho seems to be only the tip of the iceberg of a criminal custom installed in the Congress of the Republic for many years.
Carlos Francisco Herrera Díaz expresses his scepticism on Facebook :
El caso Urtecho ha incrementado las dudas sobre el Congreso en general, por lo que mal haría una gestión que ha ofrecido un trabajo con manos limpias, no adoptar medidas que ayuden en algo a pensar que todavía se puede creer en los congresistas.
Urtecho's case has increased doubts surrounding Congress in general, so it would be a mistake if an administration that has offered clean-handed management didn't adopt measures that help to maintain a belief in the credibility of Congressmen.
Pamela (@Pamelof) speculates about other types of scams:
Urtecho's former workers should also be sanctioned for their complicity, or at least demonstrate that they were deceived.
If proven that the Congressman was involved in these acts (typified as general misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and embezzlement by Peruvian law), Urtecho (who suffers from muscular hypotonia  [en]) awaits a sentence of fifteen years in prison .
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 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/congresoperu/6026714109/
 is accused, amongst other things: http://elcomercio.pe/actualidad/1641836/noticia-laberinto-urtecho-acusaciones-que-enfrenta-cuestionado-congresista
 approved: http://www.larepublica.pe/10-10-2013/comision-de-etica-vota-hoy-informe-que-complica-situacion-de-michael-urtecho
 National Solidarity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Solidarity_Party_(Peru)
 said: http://elcomercio.pe/actualidad/1642410/noticia-michael-urtecho-separado-su-bancada-si-congreso-aprueba-su-suspension
 entrenched : https://twitter.com/FernandoDomena1/status/388086126616915969
 lack of morality of the Congressman: https://twitter.com/omanriquep/statuses/388681055013572608
 exemplary sanctions: https://twitter.com/FrAdOp/status/387257992758190081
 October 11, 2013: https://twitter.com/MarioRosinaB/statuses/388677189639475200
 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10200628643150641&id=1596888337
 #Urtecho: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Urtecho&src=hash
 October 11, 2013: https://twitter.com/Pamelof/statuses/388681014647586816
 muscular hypotonia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypotonia
 fifteen years in prison: http://peru21.pe/politica/michael-urtecho-recibiria-condena-15-anos-2152661
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