Voluntad Popular Party supports the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s decision to include Venezuelan tycoon Raúl Gorrín on its most wanted list on charges of money laundering and corruption.
It also supports the decision of the U.S. Department of Justice to formally accuse Raul Gorrín of conspiracy to violate the law against acts of corruption, conspiracy to commit money laundering through monetary instruments, processes that he must face before a Florida court.
We recall that Gorrín is accused of paying millions in bribes to two high-ranking Venezuelan officials to guarantee the benefit of carrying out currency exchange transactions at rates favorable to the regime. In addition, he is being indicted for paying luxury goods such as properties, private jets, horses, watches and high-end clothing as bribes.
We recall that the Comptroller’s Commission of the National Assembly under the presidency of our deputy Freddy Superlano investigated the case of Gorrín-Andrade, a patrimonial damage (to the nation) of more than 1,800 million dollars. In addition, our organization asked the country to boycott the television channel acquired by Gorrín.
While Venezuelan children and seniors have died of hunger or a shortage of medicines, in November 2018, U.S. authorities confiscated properties of Raúl Gorrín, valued at $77 million. In January 2019 he was sanctioned by OFAC, along with his partner Gustavo Perdomo.
In Voluntad Popular we support this and all the measures that lead to the sanction and prosecution of the corrupt and we reiterate our commitment as an organization to promote from the different instances, including the National Assembly, the rescue of those assets resulting from corruption.
Undoubtedly, the magnate is a national problem that represents the intrusion of ill-gotten money into the public dynamics of the country in order to buy and control a means of mass effectcommunication that was once a window of truthful information and defense of freedom of expression for Venezuelan citizens.
We reiterate the call to the political, economic and intellectual actors, advertisers, journalists and the people of Venezuela so that among all of us we press for this channel to be truly independent and not continue to be an instrument of the dictatorship.
The country demands it: It is time for firm positions, to fight against corruption and to defend the proposed route to achieve freedom for Venezuela, which we summarize in three phases: The cessation of usurpation, a transitional government and free elections.