On Tuesday, August 14, at 3:30 p.m., former President Rafael Correa will present his version before the Multiparty Occasional Commission of the National Assembly that analyzes the case of the murder of ex-commander of the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE), Jorge Gabela.
The former President “has communicated with the secretariat of this commission, through his legal representative, Alexis Mera, and has requested that his appearance be tomorrow via Skype from Belgium,” said César Litardo, president of the legislative board. “Correa will have to inform the country of what he knew and the (inter-institutional) committee informed him in this case,” he said.
For Ramiro Román, lawyer of the Gabela Ochoa family, the presence of the former President is necessary, because he is directly responsible for the signing of the decree by which the Interinstitutional Committee that investigated the murder of the former commander of the FAE was formed. “He (Correa) has to come and explain why a decree formed a commission without taking the Attorney General’s Office into account, with the Prosecutor’s Office alone being able to officially investigate,” he said.
He added that the former president should be consulted, regarding the delegates that he had before that committee, the information he received and what he knows about the third product or report, now gone.
Several ex-officials of the previous government, during their appearances to the Legislative Occasional Commission, said that they had given information about the work of the Inter-institutional Committee to former President Correa.
For this Tuesday, August 14, the appearance of the expert Roberto Meza is also scheduled. Litardo confirmed that there is already an agreement for Meza to reconstruct the third report on the assassination of General Jorge Gabela, after consulting with Comptroller.
The report will be presented directly to the Office of the Prosecutor. Former Secretary of Transparency did not receive reports in his capacity as member of the Interinstitutional Committee formed by the previous Government to investigate the murder, the former Secretary of Transparency of Management, Diego Guzmán, said he did not know about the reports prepared by the expert Meza on this case.
“I never knew about the products (reports) one, two and three,” he said during his appearance for about an hour before the Multiparty Occasional Commission. In the midst of the uneasiness of the legislators who are members of this legislative body, the former official, in almost all of the questions asked by him, claimed to be unaware of and not remember about the topics discussed in the Committee, if there were recordings and minutes of the meetings, or even who was your delegate in any of the sessions.
However, he admitted that after his term as National Secretary of Transparency, between August 22, 2012 and June 12, 2013, he continued to participate in the Interinstitutional Committee, as Undersecretary of Public Administration. Patricia Ochoa, widow of Gabela, expressed her discomfort because of this attitude of Guzmán, because he has fallen into “selective amnesia.” (I)