Sunday, August 17, 2014

Brewing controversy in Paraguay

Gen. Jorge Ramirez
A junior officer has filed a complaint with the civilian public prosecutor against Gen. Jorge Ramirez (head of the Paraguayan Armed Forces), the president of the military court and a military judge in connection with allegations of a major embezzlement of government funds from the Logistics Command. The facts remain fuzzy, but according to this report it seems that the case has been taken to civilian authorities out of concern over the independence of the military justice system, possible ex parte contacts, and whether the military judge had protected a colonel said to have been involved in the affair. Gen. Ramirez has stated that the military justice system is independent.

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