Washington, Nov 17 (EFE) .- The construction of the Trump Ocean Club, an impressive hotel and condominium in Panama City, was used to launder money from drugs and mafias Russian, and it benefited the now US President, Donald Trump, according to a report published today by the organization Global Witness.
The work, conducted with interviews with businessmen and lawyers involved in the project, assures that the real estate magnate and ruler won "millions of dollars selling his name" to the Trump Ocean Club, a huge building with sail shape that looks to the Pacific inaugurated by Trump himself in 2011 and projected to become one of the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America.
"After granting him the license to use his name to the Trump Ocean Club in 2006, Trump seems to have turned a blind eye to the source of the funds of the buyers and the background of some of the agents of specific sales, "says the British NGO specialized in uncovering international cases of corruption, human rights abuses and environmental exploitation.
The investigation, carried out for nine months, specifically mentions the laundering of money from the Latin American drug cartels as well as elements of the Russian mafia.
"Lo important here is that Trump's business now is not just his business, he is the president of the United States and, therefore, it is the nation's business; the right to know "if he could benefit from money laundering operations," Eryn Schornick, one of the authors, told Efe.
According to Schornick, although it is difficult to know exactly Due to the opacity of the Trump accounts, the now president was able to obtain 75.4 million dollars with this business at least until 2010, including bonds, exploitation rights and other concepts, to which we must add several million more since then.
The report mentions in particular the names of the Colombian criminal David Murcia GuzmÃ¡n, convicted in the USA. money laundering from drug trafficking and creator of a financial pyramid in Colombia with which he swindled millions of dollars.
Also the Brazilian Alexandre Ventura Nogueira, partner of Murcia who managed the sale of about one third of the 666 acquisitions of pre-construction apartments in the Trump Ocean Club.
Ventura Nogueira, also processed by fraud, he was instrumental in the commercialization of the project with a team of sales agents who often directed their sales to buyers of Russian and Eastern European origin, and among the that, according to Nogueira himself, there were members of the Russian mafia.
"Trump was one of the beneficiaries, since he received a percentage of all sales," says Global Witness, which indicates that the information disclosed by Trump upon becoming president shows that "he was still making money from an administration contract for the Trump Ocean Club when he assumed the charge ", last January.
The NGO admits not knowing" the scope of the knowledge that Trump has of these agents of sales and buyers ", but indicates that" it is very probable that the Organization Trump had the right to receive sales reports and demand information about the buyers. "
" This should be investigated. Latin American drug cartels to launder money. Schornick.
The senior policy adviser to Global Witness said her organization has already contacted the team of special prosecutor Robert Mueller and the committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives that are investigating Trump, so they can find out if they should answer for money laundering.
About Panama, with whose government the investigators did not contact because none of its members is involved in the case, Schornick said that there are still opportunities to launder money, but that this is not a problem exclusive Panamanian, but it affects many other countries, including the United States.