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to his equity, Peruvian banker Francisco Pardo is remembered in Lima for having
hidden - with a mattress and everything - in his office of Banco Mercantil,
which no longer exists in Peru. "There is no negotiation with nationalization,"
he declared in 1987 against the decree that President Alan García had issued to
nationalize the bank. Who would say that the same person who 30 years ago broke
spears and tended mattresses in Peru for private property, is now behind a
network of companies that allowed Fidel Castro's Cuba to provide the passports
of Hugo Chavez's Venezuela?
Javier Pardo Mesones, or "Pancho", as he is also called, chaired the Association
of Banks of Peru in the 80s, and in the following decade, he was in the Congress
of the Republic, first as parliamentarian of the party of the former secretary
of the United Nations, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, and then, on the other side of
the floor, in the ranks of Alberto Fujimori.