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article imageBrother of Chilean President Piñera settles on DUI charges

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 3, 2010 in World
Santiago - Miguel Piñera, younger brother of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera reached a court settlement yesterday to suspend charges of impaired driving, impacting another vehicle and leaving the scene of the accident in which a woman was injured.
Night club owner and singer Miguel Piñera, also known as “El Negro Piñera”, was implicated in an accident October 2009 involving his Hummer and an Austin Mini driven by Maria Fernanda König. The President's brother attended the hearing yesterday where he obtained a conditional suspension of the proceedings. The deal includes paying a fine nearing US$ 11.300, performing 50 hours of community service, a public apology to Ms. König and having his driver's license suspended for one year.
Official portrait of Sebastian Piñera  President of Chile.
Official portrait of Sebastian Piñera, President of Chile.
Government of Chile
Mr. Piñera had insisted that at the time of the event he was not intoxicated, that he remained at the place of the accident and that the accusations against him are politically and financially motivated, according to Emol.com (in Spanish). Witnesses had testified Mr. Piñera was driving “under the influence” and that he left the scene following the accident.
Dr. Jaime Mañalich  Chilean Minister of Health.
Dr. Jaime Mañalich, Chilean Minister of Health.
Government of Chile
A blood test carried out several hours later at Clínica Las Condes, an exclusive Medical Center in Santiago, demonstrated that he was sober. President Piñera was then one of the main shareholders of the Clinic. At the time of the accident the medical director of the Clinic was Dr. Jaime Mañalich. Dr. Mañalich is now the Minister of Health.
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