Dead, imprisoned, persecuted or protected. Those were the common denominators in dozens of cases investigated during the correísmo.
One of the first victims was Luis Ayala, an ex-physician of the National Team and promoter of shows. Hit men ended his life in April 2008. The name of Ayala appeared in the alleged daily FARC guerrilla Raúl Reyes as he received the contribution of the guerrillas to the campaign of former President Rafael Correa.
Ayala was a partner of the drug trafficker Jefferson Ostaiza in the organization of the concert ‘Salsa con Amor’, in February 2007. Eleven days before the crime, Ostaiza declared that his company feels ‘scammed’ by him.
Two years later, Quinto Pazmiño died of cardiorespiratory arrest. A year later his wife was murdered. Pazmiño was an anticorruption adviser to former Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño. He revealed the ‘Pativideos’ on issues such as the renegotiation of the external debt. Pazmiño said he had a video that compromised Correa’s stability. The images were never revealed.
General Jorge Gabela denounced irregularities in the acquisition of aircraft. He was murdered in December 2010. The same fate befell Derly Salazar, considered material author, two years later.
María Fernanda Luzuriaga denounced the irregular delivery of a loan of 800,000 dollars to the Argentine Gastón Duzac. Pedro Delgado was president of the Central Bank. Delgado, Correa’s cousin, fled to Miami. Luzuriaga died in a traffic accident in 2012.
Jean Paúl Flores, sentenced for the case ‘Narcovalija’ was murdered in 2015. Italian authorities found drugs in shipments through the Ecuadorian diplomatic bag.
For the kidnapping of politician Fernando Balda in 2016, the condemned and cooperative Jhonatan Luzuriaga (Colombian) was assassinated.
In 2018 Victor Hugo Erique died in an accident. A Comptroller’s report found indications of responsibility in the delivery of a contract for media monitoring and delivery of audiovisual products, during the management of the former Secretary of Communication Fernando Alvarado, whom the Prosecutor’s Office accused of embezzlement along with three other people.
Ex-prosecutor Pablo Encalada does not believe that Correa has ordered the death of a person. “Our political class is corrupt, but I do not think it is murderous,” he says. He adds that in the Correa government there was too much concentration of power and an abuse of public resources to maintain it.
Diego Vallejo, former consultant of former Minister José Serrano was convicted for possession of weapons. He says that there was a well-planned and well-planned plan, in which many heads intervened. “Because something like that could only have been engineered to perfection with many involved,” he told EXPRESO.
Fidel Araujo, a retired Army major, was another victim. On September 30, 2010 was in the outskirts of the police hospital in the police revolt. Correa presented a protected witness to demonstrate that there was attempted assassination. He “retracted and denied absolutely everything,” he said never having seen him, when they made him see pictures of him, remembered Araujo who was also condemned.
There were several false witnesses
Colonel César Carrión, current assembly member, remembers the four witnesses who pointed him out for attempted assassination. He mentions “journalist Holger Guerrero, Hiroshima Villalva (current notary), the army captain of his security Richard Piedra and the sergeant of the Navy of his security Álex Casierra”. (I)