Saint John, April 11. The governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, assured this Tuesday that he is “sorry” that his cousins, the brothers Walter and Eduardo Pierluisi, will allegedly plead guilty this Thursday for an alleged criminal investigation.
“It seems to be the case that my cousins are going to accept their guilt in a couple of days, I have no details of the crimes committed, the situation saddens me because they are my cousins but it bothers me just the same,” Pierluisi said at a press conference. .
The Federal Court of San Juan details that at 09:30 (13:30 GMT), federal judge Camille Vélez Rivé will hold a hearing, in which Walter and Eduardo Pierluisi will renounce the accusation of the grand jury and will plead guilty agreed with the public prosecutor. .
“All corruption is reprehensible, every act of corruption is reprehensible, wherever it comes from, including my relatives, I am sorry because we are talking about family, but here there are no exceptions, I have said it and I repeat it, here in Puerto Rico there is no impunity , whoever fails has to answer,” added the president.
In this context, he reiterated: “In any family someone can fail, the important thing is that they respond and in my Administration there is no tolerance.”
“I have seen journalistic reports that the money is going to be restored, if that is the case, it is positive, that is the way it should be, I favor the restitution, but this is not in the hands of the state authorities, because we are talking about federal funds Pierluisi stressed.
Walter Pierluisi will be represented by the lawyers Eduardo Ferrer and Osvaldo Carlo, while his brother will have the lawyers María Domínguez and Javier Micheo as his legal representatives.
On October 20, the FBI, the federal Department of Housing and the United States Office of the Inspector General raided the headquarters of American Management and the Pierluisi Isern Law Office in San Juan, both owned by Walter Pierluisi.
The authorities also raided the residence of Eduardo Pierluisi.
One month after this intervention, the Public Housing Administration canceled the contracts of American Management, which since 1995 had managed public housing in 34 municipalities.
From the beginning, the governor distanced himself from his “third cousins” despite the fact that they held prominent positions in his political campaigns.
“Something that also saddens me is that my cousins had been managing public housing for almost 30 years and that this ends in this way hurts me,” said the governor, stressing that he has not had “communication” on the matter with his relatives. .