Efraín Alegre, president of the Liberal Party, the largest of the opposition, entered a police station in Asunción on Thursday, where he will remain for several days after the preventive detention order dictated by a judge for a case of alleged expense falsifications in the elections of 2018.
Alegre, from the Liberal Party (PLRA), the largest opposition party, was detained at the headquarters of the Specialized Group, a police station on the outskirts of Assumption which functions as a prison, after the rigorous procedures in the Judicial Department of the National Police, after presenting himself at the gates of the Tacumbú penitentiary, the largest in the country and close to those buildings, where he was informed that by sanitary protocol for the pandemic of coronavirus must comply with quarantine in the Group.
Shouting “Efraín, Efraín” and “not a step back”, the political leader continued walking towards his place of confinement, amid the accompaniment of dozens of followers who followed him in a caravan from the party headquarters in the central area.
At all times he was accompanied by his family, including his wife and children, one of them carrying a suitcase, while Alegre walked in the midst of his relatives and supporters, according to what could be seen in the television images.
In front of the PLRA headquarters, the Liberal leader addressed the followers of his party to reiterate that the process opened against him was a “mounted cause” for justice, which responds to President Mario Abdo Benítez, of the conservative Colorado Party and against which he lost in the 2018 elections, and to former president Horacio Cartes (2013-2018).
“The mafia boss Horacio Manuel Cartes resolves today that this president has to be imprisoned, but with pride we are going to go as we have said at the time because we are not going to accept this flawed process,” said Alegre.
His preventive detention in Tacumbú was ordered in the morning by the guarantee judge Cynthia Lovera due to the failure to comply with the alternative measures that were imposed on him in the process for those alleged campaign irregularities.
“We are not going to accept this flawed process of the mafia, the Mafia Prosecutor’s Office and this shameless judge. We owe nothing to justice,” Alegre reaffirmed.
Hours earlier, he announced from his home on the outskirts of Asunción that he would surrender while emphasizing that the case is controlled by the attorney general, Sandra Quiñónez, and by a “mafia” headed by Cartes, whom he accused of dedicating himself to money laundering. money, while Abdo Benítez called him the “foreman” of his predecessor.
Alegre was charged by the Prosecutor’s Office for an allegedly false invoice in the purchase of fuel that figured in the surrender of campaign expenses for the 2018 elections, how much he lost to the current president, Mario Abdo Benítez, of the conservative Colorado Party.
The tax investigation arose after the complaint of the owner of a gas station in the east of the country who reported a sale of $ 15 appeared later raised to $ 14,800 in the rendering of accounts of the opposition party.
Alegre’s defense denounced that this surrender was presented to the Electoral Justice on June 1, 2018, but that the invoice included in the imputation record is dated a month and a half later.
Since then, Alegre has ignored the mandates of the process such as the delivery of a guarantee of 150 million guaraníes (21,500 dollars) and in demonstrations at the headquarters of the Judicial Power he denounced that the country “is kidnapped by the mafia.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.