ALAC-FUNDE lodged the complaint against Mauricio Ramírez for alleged violation of ethical law.
The National Foundation for Development (FUNDE) has condemned the Government Ethics Tribunal (TEG), the Minister of Justice and Security, Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, and Deputy Minister Raúl López for violating the Ethics Law by establishing an NGO for the manage stores in the punishment centers.
According to representatives of FUNDE and its Legal and Anti-Corruption Advisory Center (known as ALAC), the aforementioned officials may have exceeded the ethical prohibition set forth in Article 6 (g) of the Government Ethics Act which, in essence, prohibits Officials from accepting or retaining jobs or contractual relationships that undermine their impartiality or cause a conflict of interest.
In the letter of the complaint, filed on March 14, FUNDE-ALAC notes that the officials appeared to form ASOCAMBIO in July 2018, the date on which they still held managerial positions at the Ministry of Justice and Security.
The accused officials and the director of the criminal centers, Marco Tulio Lima, form the aforementioned NGO that manages the unit that promotes investments and profits from selling consumer products in prisons.
Ramírez Landaverde is the president of ASOCAMBIO.
The minister has defended the association and its association. He stated that the funds received are intended to support and finance the different needs of the penitentiary centers, including the maintenance of medical clinics. But he also said that they are not only "properly registered" as an association, but that they are also supervised by the Ministry of the Interior.