In a significant development in the ongoing 'Caso Convenios' investigation, a special investigative commission report reaffirmed accusations against Housing Minister, Carlos Montes. The case focuses on a series of agreements that have been under scrutiny, leading to charges or questionings against the implicated minister.
Commission's Conclusions on Montes' Responsibility
The Special Investigative Commission (CEI) report, concluded after nearly four months of work, highlights the political responsibility of Minister Carlos Montes. The report states that while there are no reasons to question the minister's truthfulness, it does not avoid reproach for the diligence with which he conducted his department. The report was approved by eight votes in favor and five against, following a series of debates.
The report stressed that Carlos Montes should have monitored or correctly directed the way delegated powers were handled in the regional ministerial secretariats or housing and urbanization services. The Special Investigative Commission delivered the report, paving the way to argue a constitutional accusation against the Housing Minister. Justice Minister Luis Cordero stated that constitutional accusations made have not had an 'standard' to be effective.
Implications of the Commission's Report
Following the voting of reports in the investigative commission of the Caso Convenios in the Chamber of Deputies, criticism from the opposition against the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, Carlos Montes, continued. The Chile Vamos report, which establishes irregularities committed by different government authorities, was approved by eight votes against five. The investigative commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which investigated the so-called Caso Convenios, concluded on Monday with the approval of a report prepared by the deputies of Renovación Nacional and UDI. The report accuses the existence of a mechanism to defraud the Treasury and reproaches the non-observance of Housing Minister, Carlos Montes, and Budget Director, Javiera Martínez.
The commission's report points to the responsibility of members of the Democratic Revolution, in cases like the Live Democracy in Antofagasta, and other foundations across the country, related to regional ministerial secretariats and regional governments. The report also criticizes the actions of La Moneda's chief advisor, Miguel Crispi, and the former undersecretary of housing and urban planning, Tatiana Rojas.