Secure Communications

Peru prosecutor charges 8 with illegal wiretapping


Associated Press Writer

LIMA, Peru —Peru’s attorney general presented criminal charges Friday against eight people, including a recently demoted rear admiral, accused of making illegal wiretap recordings that forced the entire Cabinet to resign.

Attorney General Gladys Echaiz said six suspects run a private security company, Business Track SAC, that allegedly tapped the phone lines of as many as 30 people. Two others worked for a subcontractor.

A judge must ratify the charges before a criminal process begins.

One of the recordings leaked to the news media in October appeared to show a state oil company executive discussing kickbacks for steering government contracts to Norway’s Discover Petroleum AS.

The scandal caused the worst political crisis in the two-year administration of President Alan Garcia, who accepted the resignation of his entire Cabinet and canceled Discover’s contracts.

Ten of the 17 ministers were later reinstated and three other ex-ministers were recently cleared of wrongdoing by Congress. But 14 other people, including four top state oil officials and Discover CEO Jostein Kjerstad, still face charges of corruption, criminal conspiracy and influence trafficking. Discover denies wrongdoing.

Echaiz said she expects to announce the names of those whose phones were tapped and could bring more charges later.





February 2, 2009 - Posted by | eavesdrop, English, espionage, illegal, phone tap, privacy, security, spy, tap, wiretap

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