Updated 01:38 AM EST, Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Peru Officials Have Taken $860M from Public Funds Since 2010: How the Country Plans to Fight Corruption

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Peru's corrupt officials have reportedly taken 3 billion soles ($860 million) from the country's public funds since 2010.

The news was announced by Peru's Controller General Fuad Khoury on Tuesday at the inauguration of the 6th International Anticorruption Conference, or CAAI, EFE reported (via Fox News Latino).

The three-day conference, with the theme "Anti-Corruption Political Agenda for 2012," was organized in the capital Lima by the office, Peru this Week wrote.

According to Khoury, the Controller General's Office has identified over 21,500 criminal irregularities committed by more than 11,000 officials over the past six years, the news outlet wrote. Khoury said that there are currently 11 regional governors who have been slapped with charges for alleged corrupt acts.

To combat corruption, the office introduced administrative procedures to punish 7,000 officials since 2011, EFE further reported. Thus far, however, it only managed to sanction 747 of the corrupt officials with punishments of up to 5-year bands on holding public office positions.

"The pending task is to see how we can solve the problem of decentralization, given that it has transferred a significant percentage of responsibilities without having organized (them properly)," Khoury said, as quoted by EFE.

Peruvian Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano said that one of the key facets to combat corruption in the country is the establishment of a political deal between parties and players on the domestic political section, Andina news agency  reported.

"A political agreement between parties with nationwide presence is required [...] one of the dramas of Peruvian democracy is the lack of solid parties that have remarkable presence all over the country and seek to represent all citizens' interests," he said, as quoted by the news outlet.

According to Cateriano, a constitutional debate is needed to analyze the Magna Carta aspects like regionalization, which aided the rise of corruption over the last few years at some regional government offices, Andina wrote. Cateriano insisted that the current administration, led by President Ollanta Humala, has worked on eradicating corruption, but it continues to be a pending matter that the next president will have to address.

Cateriano added that the State should adopt all international commitments to end corruption, Andira noted.

The conference will also present agendas and ideas by experts and candidates running for the South American country's April 10 presidential election, Peru this Week noted. Among the speakers are Keiko Fujimori, Antero Flores-Araoz, Renzo Reggiardo, Felipe Castillo, and Daniel Urresti. The presidential candidates are required to explain their anti-corruption policy; strategy and goals on the prevention, detection, and punishment for corruption, and the implementation of specific actions in the short, medium, and long term.

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