Audit reveals irregularities in purchase of spy equipment

The equipment is now missing.


An audit of the purchase of surveillance equipment during the previous administration by the Social Investment Fund, which later became the National Assistance program (PAN), has found a lack of controls in the acquisition.

A lack of a bond by the provider and a failure to follow procurement procedures were some of the problems identified in the audit, which was ordered as part of the investigation into the disappearance of the equipment.

The audit was done by the Comptroller and turned over to prosecutors earlier this month.

The equipment was purchased in 2010 from Israeli contractor MLM Protection for $13.4 million.

The audit found that the company was not bonded as required by law for state contractors. It also found that there was not any documentation regarding the installation and training in the use of the equipment.

The only evidence that the equipment was received was two documents signed by National Police Director Gustavo Pérez.

There was also a lack of any reports certifying that the company had the ability to conform to the contract as required by law. 

The equipment was allegedly used during the previous government to intercept electronic communications of political opponents, journalists and others. So far, four former members of the National Security Council are charged in the case.



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