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Judge Orders Petrowest Exec to Appear Before Senate Committee

By on March 16, 2016

SAN JUAN—Court of First Instance Judge Ángel Pagán ordered Petrowest President José González Amador to appear before a Puerto Rico Senate special committee investigating irregularities in fuel purchases by the island’s electric utility.

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PDP Sen. Aníbal José Torres

The order, issued Wednesday under penalty of contempt, took place after Popular Democratic Party Sen. Aníbal José Torres, who chairs the Special Committee for the Study of the Standards and Related Procedures on the Purchase and Use of Fuel for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa), filed a legal request on the matter.

The senatorial committee had issued a subpoena to González Amador to testify at a March 8 public hearing that he did not attend. His lawyer, Harry Anduze, afterwards sent a letter to the panel stating that he advised his client not to appear, alleging the panel was showing a biased stance in its investigation. The judicial order requires the exec of Petrowest, Prepa’s biggest oil supplier, to appear before the committee April 6.

“The judicial order recognizes the investigative powers of the Senate through its special committee,” Torres said. “This committee will continue carrying out its mission to investigate everything related to the purchasing processes and use of oil by Prepa.”

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