Witness says Gustavo Pérez knew about spy equipment

He said the former police director spent 10 days in Israel being trained to use the equipment.


A protected witness said today that the former secretary of the National Security Council, Gustavo Pérez, who served in the government of former President Ricardo Martinelli, acquired equipment to intercept phone calls.

"He said in person to me: I bought this computer. He told me: I manage that team," said the witness in an interview with TVN.

The equipment to which the witness was referring was acquired on July 23, 2010, with money from the National Assistance Program (PAN), then called the Fund for Social Investment (FIS), under the direction of Giacomo Tamburrelli. It was purchased from an Israeli company, M.L.M. Protection LTD, at a cost of $13.5 million.

The witness said that Pérez spent 10 days in Israel undergoing training.

Pérez was the first director of the national police appointed by Martinelli. He was then appointed to the Security Council in 2012, where he held the Rank of deputy minister of Security.

None of the directors of the Security Council have admitted to having any knowledge of the equipment. They include Pérez, Olmedo Alfaro, Alejandro Garuz and Julio Moltó.

On Dec. 2, 2014, a criminal complaint was filed with anti-corruption prosecutors against the Garuz related to the equipment, which has since gone missing.

Transcripts have been discovered of telephone conversations that were intercepted during the Martinelli government. These calls included ones involving diplomats and opposition politicians.



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