Pinera denies involvement in alleged kickbacks Lan in Argentina
Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera was included along with other executives and former officials in an investigation into possible payments to allow Lan began operations in Argentina.
Former Chilean PresidentSebastian Pinera on Tuesday rejected his involvement in a case of alleged bribes would have paid the airline Lan in Argentina a decade ago when he was one of its main shareholders.
Pinera, who assesses run for president again, was included along with other executives and former officials in an investigation by the prosecutor Ramiro Gonzalez on possible payments to allow Lan began operations in the neighboring country, he reported on its website the Argentine daily Infobae .
“I’m not willing to accept that irresponsibly, or malicious, without providing any background, I intend to engage with events that occurred 10 years ago, in which I had no involvement and no responsibility,” Pinera told reporters.
The investigation came after a civil lawsuit that the Venezuelan Gledys Stailes, with residence in Argentina filed against the airline for lost luggage.
However, Stailes changed demand a criminal complaint after learning that Lan (currently Latam Airlines ) recently agreed to pay fines totaling $ 22 million in the US for accounting violations at the start of its operations in Argentina in 2005.
According to Infobae, Stailes included in the complaint Pinera to ensure that he authorized the alleged payment of bribes to former Argentine authorities to Lan started domestic operations in the country when it was part of the board of the airline.
“This complaint or irresponsible or very malicious, because by the mere fact that a shareholder of Lan as stated in the complaint, I assigned responsibilities that I have , ” Pinera told a press conference in Santiago.
The group Latam Airlines , which emerged from the merger of Lan and Brazil ‘s Tam in 2012, said later that not yet been notified of the complaint and ruled “absolutely” have made improper payments to any Argentine official.