The former directors of Penal Centers, Nelson Rauda and Rodil Hernández are accused of fraudulent administration for $ 208,000.00 that corresponded to the institutional stores.
A financial expert declared this Friday in the trial against the former directors of Penal Centers, Nelson Rauda and Rodil Hernández that he did not find documentation to justify the destination of $ 208,000 from the institutional stores for intelligence expenses in the administrations of the two defendants.
The technician recalled that the administration manuals of the institutional stores in the penitentiaries establish that the profits or profits of the same must be invested in social programs in favor of the prison population and improvements in the infrastructure of the prisons.
“I did not find documentation to show that this money from intelligence spending would serve to improve conditions for the prison population,” said the expert before the judges of the Fifth Sentencing Court.
He assured that he found several checks in favor of about six alleged employees of Penal Centers who received part of that money, but said he did not know the destination of it.
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Before the trial began, one of the prosecutors assured that the two former officials “used funds from institutional stores outside of what the law allowed them.”
He added that the diversion of $ 208,000 in intelligence expenses by Rauda and Hernández has been credited, but that these funds were not backed by the law that regulates institutional stores.
The Prosecutor’s Office accuses Hernández of having fraudulently administered $ 121,238.00; while Rauda is credited with the illegal administration of $ 87,154.00
The financial expert was one of the six prosecution witnesses presented by the Attorney General’s Office against the two former prison officials. Other witnesses for the Prosecutor’s Office were the former Ministers of Public Security, David Munguía Payés and Benito Lara.
They confirmed that the Directorate of Penal Centers sent money from institutional stores to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security for intelligence and counterintelligence, according to judicial sources.
“The Prosecutor’s Office intended with them to establish that there were funds from institutional stores that are private. Now they want to prove that they are private because they are accusing of fraudulent administration, something more paradoxical. And in the case of the truce when they accused Nelson Rauda, they said they were public funds and that is why they put arbitrary acts on him and here they are already private funds, it is a contradiction, ”said Manuel Chacón, defender of the former accused officials.
He added that they also wanted to establish that there were intelligence expenditures that “are special funds that these institutions have that handle risk situations in order to find possible threats against the prison population, against the authorities or against the civilian population.”
Chacón assured that the statements of Munguía Payés and Lara were illustrative in nature “they were not indications, but rather orientation, how things were handled, who were on that date, it was not a matter of imputation, it was simply illustrative. ”.
The defense attorneys offered the statements of four defense witnesses in favor of the two former prison officials.
This is the second trial against Rauda and Hernández, since in the first they were exonerated of charges by the Fourth Sentencing court. The Prosecutor’s Office requested the annulment of the ruling and the First Criminal Chamber agreed with him and ordered that the trial be repeated.
For this second trial, which is expected to end this Friday, the Fifth Sentencing court was appointed.