Former President Alan Garcia will be formally accused of corruption charges, after being investigated by a congressional commission that looked into the remodeling of the country’s so-called flagship schools, La Republica reported.
The congressional commission - referred to in the local media as the ‘mega-commission’ – also recommended formally accusing ex-Prime Minister Yehude Simon,and former ministers of education Jose Chang Escobedo, Victor Diaz Chavez, and Pedro Sanchez Gamarra.
According to the report’s findings, Garcia, and former ministers Chang, Diaz, and Sanchez are responsible for the signing of Emergency Decree No. 004-2009, which authorized the Ministry of Education to refurbish 77 schools across the country, with a total cost of 1.251 billion soles.
The commission argued the decree was issued without meeting legal requirements, and said Garcia and his ministers had favored certain construction companies when issuing the concessions.
The commission said government officials approved the project while knowing the contracts were overpriced, and recommended Garcia be charged with illicit association to commit a crime, and his former ministers be charged with collusion.