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Chilean authorities plan arraignment of former SQM CEO

By Myles McCormick
Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016

As the public prosecutor’s office moves to formalise charges against Patricio Contesse regarding improper political payments by the miner, local press have called into question the impunity of the SQM’s former chairman Julio Ponce Lerou.

Public prosecutors in Valpariso, Chile have ordered the arraignment of former SQM CEO Patricio Contesse.

Former Chilean senator, Carlos Ominami, and former treasurer of the country’s socialist party, Milton Lee, are also set to be formally charged in connection with the same case, which concerns payments to political parties by the embattled lithium,...

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