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Puerto Rico gov’t warns fiscal board: Promesa doesn’t exempt panel from investigations 

By on March 21, 2019

Anthony Maceira Zayas, executive director of the Ports Authority and Public Affairs secretary (CB file)

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SAN JUAN – In a statement Thursday, Anthony Maceira, the Public Affairs secretary of the Puerto Rico governor’s office, La Fortaleza, warned the island’s fiscal oversight board that the law that established the panel does not shield it from having to cooperate in criminal investigations.

While thanking the board for providing the information requested by the Department of Justice in relation to the contacts of the panel’s former revitalization coordinator, Noel Zamot, Maceira added that the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa) “is not an obstacle nor exempts them from complying with the requirements of the Government of Puerto Rico in relation to a possible criminal investigation. The accusations that Zamot himself made public in recent days are cause for concern and certainly, as the government, we will not cross our arms and we will take action on the matter.”

Maceira said the Justice Department will be requesting to speak with Zamot to learn more information regarding the remarks to which he referred in an interview with a media outlet last week.

In the same press release, Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez was quoted as saying her agency was “grateful that the Fiscal Oversight Board has delivered the documents that were requested. As for the Promesa Law, it is not an impediment to comply with the law.”

To which Maceira added, “To be clear, the PROMESA law does not provide the Board or its officials with immunity or power to prevent criminal investigations. We appreciate the collaboration to continue carrying out the investigations necessary in this very serious matter and we reiterate that the Government of Puerto Rico will not rest until reaching the end.”

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