The Permanent Commission of Comptroller of the National Assembly, chaired by Deputy Freddy Superlano, has accounted for more than 20 cases under investigation into alleged acts of corruption involving Major General (M / G) Carlos Osorio and the current governor of the state of Aragua, Rodolfo Marco Torres.
On April 20, 2016, the AN declared the political responsibility of former Minister Osorio, for unlawful appropiations during his administration in the office of the Ministry of Food portfolio. On April 28 of that year, the legislature also proceeded against the minister in office at that time, Rodolfo Marco Torres, and a vote of censure was approved, amid a growing shortage of food products and allegations of corruption.
It is important to highlight that Nicolás Maduro reacted on that occasion by issuing a decree by which he prevented the Legislative Power from exercising its function of political control through the constitutional mechanism of the vote of censure, this within the framework of the validity of the State of economic emergency.
Currently, the President of the Permanent Comptroller Commission, deputy Freddy Superlano indicated that “thanks to the evidence we have, we are able to initiate contacts with the authorities of different jurisdictions where commission payments to family members and others are identified by importation with illegal overpricing of food as well as other products for the CASA, MERCAL and PDVAL corporation, in which Osorio and Torres where responsible”.
Superlano explained that the usurping government, based on the state of economic emergency, cannot eliminate a constitutional power of Parliament, “as is stated in article 187, numerals 3 and 10. The absence of the rule of law in Venezuela makes us have to request the judicial and administrative assistance of the countries that recognize the legitimate government in charge of denouncing these officials and their accomplices”.
He explained that “in Venezuela, with the usurping government and its clique of generals who defend it, instead of prosecuting corruption, what they do is promote crime. This reveals that in our country, law and justice are used the other way around, not to punish the corrupt but to punish those who denounce them; not to protect citizens rights and punish those who take them away, but to reward the latter and give them more power. That is the case of the M / G Osorio, one of the most liable for our current food shortage and the great robberies as the tragic case of food in rotten Containers in ports of Venezuela imported from Brazil and Argentina at the time”.
He was emphatic in pointing out that “from the Commission that corresponds me to represent, even when I am abroad, I will carry out all the pertinent steps so that this political measure adopted in the National Assembly since 2016, has judicial consequences in the countries members of the Lima Group, who have shown interest in cooperating to fight corruption.”
Currently, with regard to the investigations carried out by specialized media in the investigation, where they have pointed out important data of this corruption plot, it has been possible to identify the possible payment of commissions by Panamanian companies that use mirror facades “which is not more than the use of names of companies recognized in the food sector worldwide, where the brothers-in-law of this Major General who is currently responsible for the Central ZODI in Venezuela would be linked. These companies are Corp Doux Frangosul, Agro Avícola Industrial SA, Shanghai Trade Development, Food Universal Trading Inc., Atlas Systems International Inc, M&V Trading International Inc, All Food Universal Corp., Frigorífico Concepción SA, Frigomerc SA, Frigorífico Agrofrio SA, JA Comercio de Géneros Alimenticios LTDA, Michi Foods – Producao, Comercio, Distribuicao, Importacao and Expotacao de Alimentos LTDA, Perdigao Agroindustrial Group Inc, Shanghai Trade Development, where a Syrian-born citizen named Niman Wakil, as well as Venezuelans Wladimir Herrera participate and José Vicente Martins, who made more than 500 million dollars through these irregularities and would have paid bribes to public officials abroad, which allows to request an investigation for capital legitimation, transnational organized crime and bribery of foreign public officials in the various jurisdictions involved, to forestall that for lack of justice in Venezuela the responsible parties go unpunished.”