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Pablo Escobar’s widow and son in Argentina money laundering probe

Pablo Escobar’s widow and son in Argentina money laundering probe

Pablo Escobar’s son Juan Pablo faced the certain difficulties in Argentina whose government announced the plans to re-open an investigation into alleged money laundering. Both the son and wife of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reportedly were the “middlemen” in an illegal financial scheme.

Juan Pablo Escobar Henao is an architect, author, and the son of an odious criminal personality Pablo Escobar. In November, Mr Escobar Jr was accused of money laundering, his mother Victoria Henao is also under suspicious for the indirect involving into the money laundering scheme. Argentinian authorities accuse Escobar’s wife and son of having ties to a criminal organization that used different businesses to launder millions of US dollars.

In 2000, the Argentinian Financial Information Unit (UIF) has closed an investigation into the money-laundering allegations citing insufficient evidence. The year 2017 brought new facts in this case, and the Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said the Argentinian authorities are now hoping to re-open the probe following a request from that anti-money laundering watchdog, that the Escobar Henao family face questioning about their alleged ties to Colombian drug dealer Jose Piedrahita.

No country for laundering, says Argentina

Bullrich said Victoria Henao and Juan Pablo Escobar Henao had received payment for introducing Piedrahita to Argentinian executives during one of his trips to the country.

“Argentina is no longer a friendly country for neither drug trafficking nor for money laundering,”

Security Minister said.

Authorities in Colombia, Argentina and the US allege he laundered around $15 million (€12.8 million) in drug money through the “Los Angelitos” cafe in Buenos Aires and a company called “Rojo Tango.”

Victoria Henao and the two children she had with Pablo Escobar have been living in exile under new identities in Argentina since the mid-1990s after the drug lord was shot dead by police. As head of the powerful Medellin Cartel, Escobar turned over billions of dollars in annual income from cocaine trafficking, becoming one of the richest criminals in history.