Image source, Image caption, President dismissed charges of wrongdoing
The Chilean opposition has launched an offer to impeach President Sebastian Pinera on possible irregularities in the sale of a mining company, after details emerged in the Pandora Papers leak.
Mr Pinera used "his office to personal matters "said Congressman Tomas Hirsch as he presented the accusation to the lower house of Congress.
The president is accused of selling the undertaken to a friend in a deal conditional on a favorable regulatory ruling.
He denied any wrongdoing.
The revelations come from the Pandora Papers, a leak of 11.9 million documents. Records indicate that President Pinera sold the Dominga mine, a copper and iron project in an environmentally sensitive area, to a childhood friend in 2010, nine months after taking office.
Leaks suggest that the last payment of the deal was conditional on the failure to establish an environmental protection zone where the sThe mining company was operating, a request from environmental groups.
The decision would be taken by the Chilean government, which ultimately spoke out against the introduction of the protection.
The data were obtained by the International Consortium of Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington DC, which worked with more than 140 media organizations on its largest ever global investigation.
Hfrance.fr Panorama and the Guardian conducted the 'survey in the UK.
After the reVelations, the Chilean presidency said that President Pinera, a billionaire businessman, had not played any role or information on the sale of the mining project, and that he had not been involved in the running no business for over 12 years.
The president himself has dismissed any improprieties, saying details of the deal have been examined in a judicial inquiry in 2017 who cleared him of wrongdoing.
But last week Chile's prosecutor's office said it would investigate the allegations against the president.
Opposition Congressman Jaime Naranjo, one of the perpetrators of the impeachment process, said that President Pinera had "openly infringed the Constitution ... seriously compromising the honor of the nation ".
The president has yet to comment on the impeachment request.
The opposition-controlled Chamber of Deputies holda vote on whether to approve or reject the impeachment process. This decision comes before the presidential and legislative elections in November. President Pinera is not a candidate.
The Pandoras Papers are a leak of nearly 12 million documents and files exposing the secret wealth and transactions of world leaders, politicians and billionaires. The data was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington DC, which conducted one of the largest global surveys ever.
More than 600 journalists from 117 countries examined the hidden fortunes of some of the most powerful people on the planet.
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