Jorge Glas, the Vice President of Ecuador without functions and prisoner in Prison No. 4 in Quito, was part of the Odebrecht scheme of bribes. It is one of the certainties the Prosecutor’s Office has.
Attorney General Carlos Baca Mancheno assured it by supporting his accusatory opinion against 13 of the 18 people prosecuted for unlawful association. Yesterday, the second day of the trial preparatory hearing that began on Wednesday, went normally.
In addition to Glas, his uncle Ricardo Rivera, former Comptroller General Carlos Pólit, Ricky Dávalos, former PDVSA executives Fredy Salas and Alexis Arellano, Ramiro Carrillo, Diego Cabrera, Edgar Arias, Képler Verduga, José Terán, Gustavo Massuh and Carlos Villamarín were investigated. All of them were identified as the perpetrators of the crime.
Before detailing the positions of each, Baca confirmed that the Odebrecht bribery scheme was configured in five projects considered as ’emblematic’ in the government of Rafael Correa. Glas, at the head of the Strategic Sectors, was responsible for all of them.
What were these? The Pascuales-Cuenca pipeline, the Daule-Vinces project, the Manduriacu hydroelectric dam, the Pacific Refinery (settling of the ground), and La Esperanza aqueduct.
According to Baca´s statements, 25.9 million dollars were demanded for the awarding of these projects. Almost all that money was transferred to offshore company accounts and cash payments. To this should be added the 23.6 million dollars that would have received the former Comptroller General Pólit (10.1 million) and Rivera (13.5 million).
What would be the role of the vice president? According to Baca, Glas would have been the final beneficiary of his uncle’s tricky businesses. Rivera would have requested the 1.3% of all the main and complementary state contracts awarded to Odebrecht. The former Odebrecht executive declared it in his advance testimony. José Santos stated that Rivera mentioned that the Vice President requested a commission of up to 4%. That figure was a “toll,” said the Attorney General.
The suspects in the case, insisted Baca, had the possibility of influencing the change of specifications or modify the bid requirements. Baca said they followed the same scheme, a roadmap for all the projects. The crime was committed between 2011 and 2016. (I)