Corruption money from the 1990s surfaces

30 June 2018

Many of the millions stolen during the regime of Alberto Fujimori between 1990 and 2000 are still unaccounted for, but last week more information of their whereabouts appeared in Switzerland. US$10 million held in the name of the Fundación San Benito have now been frozen at UBS, moneys allegedly linked to irregular payments made in 1999 by a German company to obtain contracts with the Peruvian Navy.

The beneficiaries of the account are the wife and son of former naval officer Antonio Américo Ibárcena Amico, commander-in-chief of the Navy between 1996 and 2000.

This is not the first time that accounts have been found in the name of Marcela Dworzak de Ibárcena and her son Marco Antonio Ibárcena Dworzak. The first came to light in 2001 in Luxemburg and a second subsequently in Panama. Both also appeared in the Mossad Fonseca accounts revealed in the Panama Papers investigation.

There have been attempts to bring them to justice before this, and even proceedings launched against them to extradite them from Chile where they reside, but so far none have been successful. Admiral Ibárcena was found guilty of corruption charges in 2007, and served time at the Naval Hospital due to poor health. In 2017, the Peruvian government recovered US$ 4 million from accounts linked to the Ibárcena family.

The long arm of the law takes its time, but it eventually reaches some of those who benefited from the corruption of the Fujimori years. 

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