Impunity is not an empty word , abstract. Impunity is the child who can not drink milk, the patient does not get pain relievers in the blackouts that affect families. To prevent impunity also be forgotten, Transparency Venezuela convened a group of prominent Venezuelan journalists to answer what happened to the corruption scandals that have shaken the country in recent years. Mission Impunity is born, to expose possible corrupt and demand justice in the country.

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Corruption with No Remedy

Lissette Cardona – At least 400,000 kilos of medicines expired between 2010 and 2014 without fulfilling their goal: curing or alleviating the conditions of people with a disease. The drugs were not distributed to the hospitals throughout the country.

The PAE Scam

Jesús Yajure – A special report by the Comptroller General revealed in 2013 that the School Food Program (PAE), managed by the Ministry of Education, worked without minimum supervision. The document also noted that cooperatives were overbilling Ministry.

Venezuela produces it and Colombia drinks it

Lisseth Boon – The powdered milk imported, packaged and distributed by Venezuelan state-owned company Corporación de Abastecimiento y Servicios Agrícolas, La Casa C.A (under the Ministry of Food, Minpal, which is responsible for the purchase of 60 percent of the product consumed in Venezuela) , is being smuggled into Colombia.

Rangel Ávalos & Co

Joseph Poliszuk – Caracas courts never found it strange that the articles of incorporation of Proyectos y Obras Maga contained the name of Oswaldo Chacón, the mayor’s brother-in-law. Or that this and other companies owned by the same people were awarded not one, or two, but 360 contracts for works and services assigned directly by Rangel Ávalos himself, without a bidding process.

Red Machine Searching for Votes

Fabiola Zerpa – Documents and interviews with employees and former officials of the state-owned oil company PDVSA revealed an organizational network involving several departments of the company in the organization and provision of company funds, facilities and staff to ensure an effective mobilization of the ruling party (PSUV) militants and voters in the elections between 2005-2010.

Judicial Corruption: Impunity Lives in Ciudad Lebrún

Juan Francisco Alonso – Impunity reigns with common familiarity on the lands of Lebrún, near Petare, Caracas, purchased in 2005 by the Supreme Court (TSJ) for over Bs.78 million.

Minister Farruco’s Close Friends Build Mausoleum

Lisseth Boon – Representatives of the public agencies responsible for construction of the new pantheon for Simón Bolívar are part of the intimate entourage of Minister Francisco “Farruco” Sesto, a confidant of President Hugo Chávez who assumed the construction of the new pantheon as director the Office of Planning and Special Projects of the Presidency (Oppe). Taking advantage also of his position as Minister for Culture, he benefited his close circle of colleagues, partners and friends.

What happened with the Cadivi case?

David González – President Nicolás Maduro reported that he will create a presidential commission to investigate how the exchange control system in place in Venezuela since 2003 was breached. The claim was an admission from the highest level of the State that corruption had nested in the assignment of preferential currency, US$25 billion as estimated by the former Minister of Planning. However, the commission has not clarified whether the findings have allowed establishing any culprits.

The PDVAL Rotten Food Scandal

Fernando Tineo – From 2007 to 2008, various irregularities occurred in the purchase of food by the State, specifically since Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) took the reins of the so-called “food sovereignty”.

Gold Fever Destroys The Jungle

Fabiola Zerpa – Following a military operation to evict the miners, the report describes the illegal gold mining and its environmental and social consequences in the Caura River Basin, one of the last pristine watershed regions and with greatest biodiversity because the region (only 5 percent of the country’s territory) is home to 17 percent of the national flora and 32 percent of animal species recorded.

An Iron Army after Venezuela’s “El Dorado”

Fabiola Zerpa – The “Work Plan for the Framework Agreement on National Geological Survey of Venezuela” was signed by China and Venezuela along with the cession of rights for the survey of minerals in its territory to a trade partner, i.e. the transfer of vital information and sovereignty over its resources. Neither party disclosed the amount of the agreement, nor did they answer to requests for interview to discuss it.

Electrical Emergency, Setup for a Scam

César Batiz – Under the electricity emergency decree, Electricidad de Caracas scheduled the construction of several power plants, awarding the construction contracts for five of them to a company with no experience in the electricity sector: Derwick Associates. This company received more than $200 million, with at least a $50-million overprice.

Iron Ore Trafficking at Ferrominera Orinoco

Clavel  Rangel – The coverage of the corruption case at Ferrominera Orinoco began in November 2012 with the intervention of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) in the Marketing Department for the alleged trafficking of iron ore.

Sidor and the Rebar Trafficking

Clavel  Rangel – Four years after the start of the investigation on the “Rebar Mafia”, the main suspect was released after the case against him was dismissed.

Over One Billion Dollars in Identity Plans with Cuba

Adriana Rivera – Cuba has had a leading role in the reform of Venezuela’s identity card issuing system. Cuban officials designed everything from the workflow of the new Identity and Migration Service (SAIME), to the salaries that analysts earn.

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