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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – RECOPE officials who denied the existence of links between the company China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQCEC) that conducted the feasibility study for the refinery expansion in Moin and China National Petroleum Coporation (CNPC) had committed the offense of malfeasance or wrong doing, says the lawyer Luis Ballestero, Administrative Contracting specialist.

    The Criminal Code of Costa Rica states in Article 350 that “… a prison sentence of two to six years the judicial or administrative officer may render decisions contrary to law or Fundaro on false facts …”.

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    And the Comptroller General of the Republic asked the former President RECOPE Executive, Jorge Villalobos, to explain whether if there was a relationship between these companies. The response sent by Jorge Rojas, CEO of RECOPE denying the relationship.

    In response, Rojas stated that “… there is no link between the company affiliation China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation, hereinafter” HQCEC “, which conducted the feasibility study for the Expansion and Modernization Project of Moin refinery.

    Also, in an interview in Telenoticas, Jorge Villalobos, CEO of RECOPE, also denied that there was any link between the two companies as it did before a Committee of the Legislative Assembly.

    According to the lawyer Luis Ballestero, this could constitute a crime of malfeasance.”It would have incurred, if any, the President of RECOPE in the figure of malfeasance that is within the fourth section of malfeasance and sponsorship unfaithful Penal Code,” said Ballestero.

    For Rojas, the Comptroller denied it in the report DFOE-DI-1409, which states that companies do have a bond with each other and that this is contrary to clause 5.02 of the Joint Venture Agreement between RECOPE and CNPC.

    ” … In the same joint venture agreement indicates that the CNPCI is 100% subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), it is again clear that as in the previous case does not indicate the relationship with the company CNPCI and CNODC.

    Officials are indicated they will looking into and clarify these allegations. Based on a report by CRHoy

    .The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
    San Jose Costa Rica

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