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Controversy surrounds SUV in which Nadine Heredia crashed

By Manuel Vigo

New details surrounding First Lady Nadine Heredia’s car crash have been reported by local media.

Controversy surrounds SUV in which Nadine Heredia crashed

President Ollanta Humala (Photo: El Comercio/Archive)

New details surrounding First Lady Nadine Heredia’s car crash have been reported by local media. 


According to El Comercio, the SUV is owned by NGO Promotion of National Identity and Development (Prodin), and organization with ties to the government of Hugo Chavez.


According to the daily, cables released by Wikileaks in May 2011, revealed that Heredia was using funds in Venezuela for "social projects and advertisements" through Prodin. The aim, the cable revealed, was to "strengthen national identity" and "promote the development of thinking from a Latin American perspective."


An unnamed government source told El Comercio Heredia is usually driven in the car, because she remains on Prodin’s board of directors.


The daily also said that the car had 870 soles in unpaid speeding tickets at the time of the crash.


On Friday morning President Humala visited Heredia in the hospital, where she is recuperating from injuries sustained during the crash.