Anti-Corruption Commission Guayas Chapter demands the resignation of President of the Judicial Council Gustavo Jalkh
Posted On 31 Aug 2017
The National Anticorruption Commission, Guayas Chapter, requested this morning in Guayaquil the resignation of the president of the Judicial Council Gustavo Jalkh and demanded the Prosecutor´s Office to investigate the content of the emails leaked and published by Venezuelan journalist Patricia Poleo. The leakage would show an alleged interference in the justice system by former President Rafael Correa.
The Coordinator of the civil organization Martha Roldós indicated that the emails would demonstrate that justice was used at the ‘convenience’ of the previous government and became a tool to persecute not only political opponents but any citizen. “Correa put his hands on justice to corrupt it, to persecute political adversaries like Mery Zamora, Cléver Jiménez, ‘los diez de Luluncoto,’ the students of the Mejia School, and to leave them in defenseless. Correa self-styled himself the head of all the functions of the State,” she said.
She also criticized that Jalkh, although he accepted that the emails are real, had questioned the leakage. “To me, Mr. Orlando Perez (former director of the state newspaper El Telégrafo) did the same thing to me, he disseminated my personal emails, and the government justified it,” she said.
Silvia Buendia, a member of the commission, also questioned the fact that Jalkh described the exchange of mails between the top representatives of the functions of the State as “normal.” “Mr. Jalkh says that interference in justice is normal, that corruption in the judicial system is normal … Jalkh must resign,” she concluded. (I)