U.S sanctions Maldonado over massive corruption

F.P Report

WASHINGTON: Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State on Tuesday announced sanctions on Paraguayan Legislature’s Lower House Ulises Rolando Quintana Maldonado.

According to the Secretary of State, Blinken, the public designation of a Representative in the Paraguayan Legislature’s Lower House, Ulises Rolando Quintana Maldonado due to his involvement in significant corruption, he said.

 During his time as a representative, Mr. Quintana engaged in acts that facilitated transnational organized crime, undermined the rule of law, and obstructed the public’s faith in Paraguay’s public processes, Secretary of State commented.

Giving out more details, he said that this designation is made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2021.  In addition to the designation of Mr. Quintana, I am publicly designating his wife, Mirtha Beatriz Esperanza Fariña Velausteguiz, Blinken underlined.

This action renders both Mr. Quintana and his wife as ineligible for entry into the United States, he added.

Reaffirming commitment to fight against corruption he said that the United States continues to stand with the people of Paraguay in their fight against corruption and to hold their elected leaders accountable.  This designation reaffirms the U.S. commitment to combating corruption in Paraguay, the tri-border region, and globally, he added.