That the Attorney General, Paúl Pérez, renew the cooperation agreement with the Brazilian Prosecutor’s Office so that the Prosecutor’s Office can obtain the version of the Odebrecht representatives who worked in Ecuador on strategic projects, is the request made by César Montúfar as private accuser of the crime of organized crime for which the former president Rafael Correa, his former vice president Jorge Glas, among other officials is investigated.
With that fact, Montúfar hopes that all the signs that prove how in Ecuador during the government of Rafael Correa constituted a scheme of organized crime, which could even be investigated from moments before Correa came to power, began to be clarified.
Yesterday to the General Prosecutor’s Office, in Quito, of four former officials of the previous government called to render a version in this case, which was denounced on March 5, only the former Minister of the Interior and current Assemblyman José Serrano was the one who attended. Correa, neither Glas nor the ex-attorney general Carlos Baca attended his first call in this case.
And Alexis Mera, legal secretary of the Presidency, appeared at the Office of the Prosecutor of Guayas. He said that everything was a show because Montúfar wants to be mayor of the capital.
Prosecutor opens previous investigation against Rafael Correa and other former officials in Odebrecht case
Upon his departure Serrano indicated that the only time he knew anything related to Odebrecht was at the end of 2007, when he was Minister of Economy (e) of Alfredo Palacio. He explained that there he would have tried to pressure him to sign the endorsement of the Carrizal-Chone contract, in which, he mentioned, there were irregularities around the price.
Correa did not present a document to justify the absence or asking for deferment; while Glas requested that the version be deferred to him and that he be able to surrender it from the Prison 4, where he is being detained for the crime of illicit association, also related to Odebrecht.
Montúfar indicated that neither Correa nor Glas came to give their version because they are waiting to know what the rest of the people required to give version in the case say, and thus not enter into contradictions when they speak.
Harrison Salcedo, lawyer of Jorge Glas, believes that this is a process with notorious political influence. He added that he has seen a series of comments and allusions in the complaint, without specifying the direct participation of Jorge Glas or any element that could lead the Prosecutor’s Office to determine a crime of organized crime.
Montúfar reported that Correa and Mera, through writings, “threaten” him with filing a complaint of malicious and reckless slander against him.
Serrano called the complaint also malicious and reckless, although he did not say he will file a lawsuit. (I)