The court, in a 30-page resolution, issued the verdict, explaining who is guilty, who is not and why
CORPESCA convicted of bribery and former parliamentarians Orpis and Isasi for bribery
Thursday, December 03, 2020, 11:10 (GMT + 9)
Former Senator Jaime Orpis and former Deputy Marta Isasi learned from Judge Doris Ocampo, who presides over the Third Criminal Court, the verdict that ended the Corpesca Case, which investigated corruption in the processing of the Fishing Law and Aquaculture, which was approved in 2012 and convicted of bribery. For the first time a company, CORPESCA, was convicted of bribery.
For Hernán Cortes, president of CONDEPP, (National Council for the Defense of Fishing Heritage AG) “this ruling comes to do justice and confirms that this fishing law is wrong from its conception, it was born under the wing of the industrial fishing silver to influence its final preparation ".
Cortés recalled that the CONDEPP was created during the processing of the Fisheries Law under the first government of President Piñera when Pablo Longueira was its Minister of Economy: “From the beginning we pointed out that the money from the fishing interests was buying wills among parliamentarians to obtain a law that would consolidate their privileges to the detriment of artisanal fishing. Time and the courts of justice have proved us right ”.
The fishermen insisted for a long time in trying to modify essential points of the fishing law; for example, the fractionation of fishing catches, which deliver 70% to the industry, and only 30% to the more than 100,000 artisanal fishermen.
The issuance of a Social Platform that is consistent with the reality of the sector has been another of the repeated demands of fishermen
After this ruling, the CONDEPP spokesperson, Hernán Machuca, indicated “Artisanal fishing urgently requires a Fishing Law, without privileges, without corruption, and legitimate from its inception. Today is a transcendental step so that a law is never tied to the illegal financing of a legislator ”.