Tegucigalpa. Francisco Morazán.
The Public Ministry (MP), through Fiscal Unit to Support the Police Clearance Process (UF-ADPOL) and the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC) on Monday secured nine property and furniture, linked to the Barralaga clan, through Operation Perseus IV.
In addition to bank accounts that oscillate at 1.4 million lempiras, the raids were carried out in the cities of Sonaguera, sabbath Y Beautiful Oriental, department of Colón, Atlantic zone of Honduras.
According to the authorities, the seizures will be placed in the custody of the Office. Administrator of Seized Assets (OABI).
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The seizures were made after seizures made to Jose Santiago Barralaga Hernandez, who is in prison with house arrest at the home of Reyna Elizabeth Roca Pérez, in the municipality of Sabá.
The Atic agents assigned to the UF-ADPOL identified these new assets of illicit origin linked to other members of the Barralaga clan, already convicted and with criminal proceedings in force, the MP points out in its report.
It should be noted that on April 27, 2020, the UF-ADPOL and the ATIC achieved a sentence of eight years six months in prison against Jorge Alberto Barralaga Rivera for the crime of money laundering and who remained a fugitive from justice for more than three and a half years.
They also condemned the former deputy police commissioner, Jorge Alberto Barralaga Hernández (Barralaga Rivera’s father) and the wife of the drug trafficker Wilter Blanco, Montse Paola Fraga Duarte.
In the case of Barralaga Rivera, the judge with national jurisdiction ordered the imposition of a fine of 75 million lempiras and the confiscation of all assets.
Through this action of the Public ministry, the UF-ADPOL and the ATIC carried out between July 31 and the first week of August 2017 the assurances to the Barralaga Clan in the first stage that amounted to 235 movable and immovable property, financial products and commercial companies, within which housing, vehicles, heavy transport and bank accounts stand out.
The foregoing, due to atypical movements between bank accounts and other types of transactions discovered to the exalted official Barralaga, his family nucleus and related persons, which moved more than 2,000 million lempiras.
Others implicated in the Barralaga clan
The others involved in the first phase of Operation Perseus are Jose Santiago Barralaga Hernández (house arrest, brother of the former police chief), Reyna Elizabeth Ayala Reyes (fugitive, wife of Barralaga Hernández), Edith Xiomara Roca Pérez (house arrest, sister-in-law of Barralaga Hernández) and Carmen Alejandra Morales Sarmiento (convicted of money laundering and wife of Jorge Alberto Barralaga Rivera).
In the particular case of Barralaga Rivera, he made unjustified financial movements of around six hundred and twenty-six million, seven hundred and seventy-five thousand, five hundred and eighty-seven lempiras and thirteen cents.
In addition, in pursuit of the case, the Prosecutors for Support to the Police Purge Process and ATIC Agents, executed Operation Perseo II on November 11, 2019, obtaining the prosecution of José Arístides Flores Nájera and his wife Waldina Lizzette Gavarrete Ortega, accused of the crime of money laundering and who are directly linked to being partners of Jorge Alberto Barralaga Rivera.
In this continuation of the case, the trail of 5000 billion lempiras was followed and seizures of 113 movable and immovable property were carried out, including 21 real estate, 16 vehicles, a boat, 10 commercial companies and the freezing of 65 bank accounts.
Additionally, in relation to the illicit operations of the Barralaga clan, on November 30, 2020, Operation Perseus III was executed in which another Barralaga Rivera partner named José Antonio Interiano Contreras was captured, accused of the crime of money laundering and who could not justify more than 154 million lempiras and For this reason, 362 personal property, real estate, commercial companies and financial products were insured.
At a general level, in these four stages of Perseus, the inquiries of ATIC agents assigned to the UF – ADPOL and forensic experts in financial crimes, showed that this group organized for several years made acquisitions and investments in order to convert and hide assets whose origin has no economic justification.