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LIMA---Peru s president on Tuesday fired the public
prosecutor who oversaw money-laundering investiga-
tions after she refused to remain silent in a case involving
the countrys first lady.
Julia Principe s dismissal was announced Tuesday in
the official el Peruano newspaper. It was signed by Pres-
ident Ollanta Humala and his justice minister, Gustavo
An uproar over the firing being political retribution
prompted Adrianzen to resign later Tuesday.
Principe had been in the job for six years and won wide
respect for facing down a major criminal syndicate that
trafficked in stolen real estate. She oversaw more than
2,000 cases related to drug trafficking, illegal gold mining
and other illicit activities.
In August, Principe turned over to prosecutors four
diaries that allegedly belonged to First Lady Nadine
Heredia, who has played a major role in her hus-
band s administration and is under investigation
for receiving allegedly unsubstantiated bank trans-
fers from 2006-2011.
Peruvian media have speculated that various
notations in the diaries refer to sums of money.
Heredia says she is innocent and denies the
diaries are hers. (AP)
CARACAS, VENEZUELA---Brazil is pulling
out of a South American mission to observe
crucial legislative elections in Venezuela
over what it says a lack of guarantees by
the socialist government and its veto of
the choice to head the delegation.
Brazil s highest electoral tribunal said Tues-
day that a months-long attempt to organise
a mission under the auspices of the Union
of South American Nations had been frus-
trated by Venezuela s refusal to accept the
group s choice of Brazilian jurist and politician
Nelson Jobim to lead the mission.
The decision by Latin America s largest
democracy to pull its support comes as pres-
sure is building on President Nicolas Maduro
to allow outside observation of what s shaping
up to be a hard-fought contest that already
has some on both sides talking of fraud by
For the first time since the late Hugo
Chavez kicked off Venezuela s revo-
lution 16 years ago, the opposition is
heavily favoured in national polls to
win the December 6 election and
could seek to leverage a victory to
cut short Maduro s term before it
ends in 2019. But the government s
domination of the airwaves, bigger
campaign war chest and a complicated
electoral system that gives a bigger voice to
rural areas where the opposition has less
influence are all likely to make the balloting
Brazil s autonomous tribunal said that
Jobim, who served as former leftist President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva s defense minister,
had widespread support among the 12-nation
Unasur. The tribunal also accused Venezuela
of dragging its feet in approving a proposal
that would ve guided its external auditing
of the country s electronic voting system
and verification that environment for cam-
paigning was fair.
"With less than two months from the
elections, an adequate observation is unfea-
sible," it said in a statement.
Venezuela s National Electoral Council
didn t immediately comment when con-
tacted by The Associated Press.
Venezuela s main opposition alliance
has decried the lack of outside obser-
vation, refusing last week to sign a doc-
ument committing political parties to
recognize the results over Maduro s
failure to invite missions from the Euro-
pean Union and Washington-based Organ-
ization of American States, both of which
are pushing along with the US for greater
"Venezuela isn t monitored and won t be
monitored by anyone," Maduro snapped at
journalists during a visit to the UN in New
York in August when asked whether he would
allow international observers.
Venezuela s fully-electronic electoral sys-
tem for years was largely unquestioned, serv-
ing as important international bona fide of
the socialist government s commitment to
But Maduro s victory in 2013 by a slim
margin spurred accusations of fraud by his
opponent, and as the country has further
polarised with streets protests last year trig-
gering a government crackdown, Venezue-
lans trust in the nation s electoral system
Outside observation has also become
scarcer. Since 2006, Venezuela has restricted
international groups to so-called "accom-
paniment" of the voting process, denying
them independent access to voting data.
BUENOS AIRES---Argentina s government is denying
allegations by opposition lawmakers that they were
spied on by the state s intelligence agencies.
Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernandez said yesterday that the
espionage accusations are just "an invention," but he said
the government is willing to co-operate in any investi-
Lawmakers Laura Alonso and Patricia Bullrich say the
state spied on them and other politicians, judges and
journalists. They have taken their case to local courts.
The accusation comes six days before Sunday s pres-
Both lawmakers support opposition candidate Mauri-
cio Macri in the presidential vote. He faces Daniel
Scioli, the ruling party candidate. Scioli finished
first in the open primaries, and is seen as the
favourite to win Sunday s runoff election. (AP)
CARACAS---Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro says
he will expand price controls as the country struggles
with the world s highest inflation rate.
Maduro said Tuesday that he will increase enforcement
of rules that limit the profit retailers can make.
He also said he would expand the controls to all goods
and services, without providing more detail.
Critics blame existing price controls for increasing short-
ages in the country, partly because many businesses say
they cannot cover costs without getting a government-
subsidised exchange rate, and that can be hard to obtain
at a time when falling oil prices have squeezed government
revenues. The plummeting free market value of Venezuela s
currency, the bolivar, makes it hard to import goods inde-
Prices are currently regulated products ranging from
pantry staples to Barbie dolls. (AP)
probing his wife
Espionage accusations days
before Argentina elections
Brazil pulls out of
Venezuela president vows
to tighten price controls
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