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A new edge adds the investigation led by the Central North Prosecutor’s Office against the former mayor of Vitacura Raúl Torrealba. In this, his wife appears, Maria Soledad Simonettiwho issued at least 11 bills between January 2014 and January 2015 to Asetec, the same company that became known for having received money from SQM and Copec.

According to the report of Ciper ChileSimonetti’s name appeared after the prosecution requested information from the Internal Revenue Service (SII) on several of the protagonists of the case against Torrealba, investigated for triangulations of public money through Vitacura municipal subsidies to Vita corporations.

Simonetti appears there, who does not appear as a defendant in the case, but his background is in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office. According to the report, it is confirmed that, at least, between January 2014 and January 2015, it issued a total of 11 tickets to Asetec, which added up to $20.6 million.

Asetec (Asesorías Técnicas SA) is no stranger to politics. Not even National Renewal. According to records in the Official Gazette, on August 23, 1990, César Barros Montero (former president of La Polar) and Luis Echeñique Braun established it. From the beginning, the purpose was the provision of advice and the preparation of reports. The company’s board of directors has been made up of the respective party directives.

Due to the promulgation of the new law on political parties, Asetec was left in charge of the Libertad Institute and broke its link with RN, since the financing mechanism it occupied was not covered by the new legislation.

Returning to the Simonetti case, Mario Desbordes, then general secretary of the party when these events occurred and, therefore, in charge of the Asetec administration, spoke with the aforementioned outlet, stating that they do not remember what specific work the former mayor’s wife did de Vitacura, but he assured that money was not abundant, so no one issued tickets without having provided a service.

“Specifically what function Mrs. Simonetti could have fulfilled, I do not remember at this moment, but the money was so tight that no one ticketed or received any kind of remuneration without having provided services,” he said.

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