Peace [Bolivia], May 27 (ANI / Sputnik): The Bolivian government will request the extradition of US cabinet officials suspected of corruption, Bolivian Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo said during a press conference.
Former Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo and former government official Sergio Mendez were arrested last week in the United States along with Americans Luis Berkman, Bryan Berkman and Philip Lichtenfeld on money laundering charges. of money related to bribes paid to the Bolivian Ministry of Defense.
“We are requesting extradition and sending the corresponding notes so that these gentlemen are accountable to the people of Bolivia,” Castillo said on Wednesday.
He showed photographs that allegedly represented Murillo’s ties to Méndez during the press conference. In addition, del Castillio said that the former Minister of Defense, Fernando López, was also involved in this case. He described former officials as a “mafia clan” of former Bolivian President Jeanine Anez, who in March this year was arrested and charged with crimes related to the massacres that took place during the first days of his life. presidency, the ministry of Bolivia. of Justice announced that it will ask the prosecution to investigate the “ties between the repressive apparatus and the corrupt” organized by former Interior Minister Arturo Murillo and former Defense Minister Luis Fernando Lopez.
Between November 2019 and April 2020, the three Americans are believed to have paid $ 602,000 in bribes to the Bolivian government. Most of the money went to Murillo and Mendez, the Bolivian Department of Justice said. Berkman and Lichtenfeld are suspected of laundering payments to Bolivians through bank accounts in Florida and Bolivia and arranging $ 582,000 cash payments to Murillo and Mendez in exchange for trade favors from the Bolivian Ministry of Defense, including a $ 5.6 million contract of dollars to supply the ministry. with tear gas and other non-lethal equipment.
According to the Justice Department, the five individuals mentioned above are charged with a felony of conspiracy to commit money laundering. (ANI / Sputnik)