MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez, said that there are no untouchables in his country when referring to the preventive detention issued by the Justice of Brazil against former president Horacio Cartes (2013-2018) in the framework of an investigation of money laundering.
"I learned about the work that Brazilian justice is doing and we are going to get to Asuncion and evaluate with all the advisors the procedure; in Paraguay there are no untouchables, we all have to be accountable for our facts before the justice, the first one that has to render If he has something to give, I am the president, "Abdo Benitez told reporters after an act in Concepcion (east).
In addition to the former Paraguayan president, the Brazilian justice authorized orders of preventive detention against another 18 people and another 18 search and seizure orders within the framework of the Patron operation, a branch of Operation Lava Jato.
That operation seeks that the name of Cartes be included in the red list (capture order) of Interpol for alleged money laundering crimes, according to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo.
In Brazil they investigate the link between Cartes and Dario Messes, known as "the money changers", who was arrested in São Paulo (southeast) in July this year after 14 months fugitive.
The operation takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Buzios (in the state of Rio), São Paulo and Ponta Pora, on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.