The former head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), Santiago Nieto, denied that during his administration files related to lawyer Juan Collado were closed.
Through social networks, Nieto responded to the journalistic publications of the complaint made by Collado -currently imprisoned, accused of money laundering and organized crime-, who said that lawyers “close” to the former legal advisor of the Presidency, Julio Scherer, offered to deliver his company Caja Libertad and more than 2 billion pesos in exchange for his freedom.
“Regarding the recent publication in some media, I categorically point out that during my tenure at the head of the FIU, no files were closed against any person. In fact, institutionally I filed two complaints against Juan Collado one on 04/07/19 and another on 03/09/20,” he wrote.
Regarding the recent publication in some media, I categorically point out that during my tenure at the head of the #UIF no files were closed vs. any person. In fact, institutionally I filed two complaints against Juan Collado one on 04/07/19 and the other on 03/09/20.
— Santiago Nieto (@SNietoCastillo) February 27, 2022
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According to Collado, who filed a formal complaint with the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) for these facts, handing over the company was not the first demand they made him not to stay in jail for the rest of the six-year term, because before that he had allegedly already given these lawyers 10 million pesos in cash, in exchange for the FIU halting an investigation.
In addition, they would have received one million 386 thousand dollars with the promise that the influences of the then legal advisor would help him leave the North Prison.
The supposed final payment, in the form of an apparent reparation agreement, would be two billion pesos.
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