The dispute between the oil company Chevron and the Amazonian peoples of Ecuador, took a new twist in recent days when Chevron presented new evidence to the Court about an alleged fraud in a lawsuit filed against them for environmental damage, where they were sentenced to pay $19 billion.
According to Chevron, the recent tests include an affidavit about an attempt of bribery against a judge to fail against them.
Last August 20, the Prosecutor’s Office reported that it would open an investigation against Chevron for its “malicious and reckless” complaint over an alleged attempt to bribe the judge of case, by representatives of the Government and the ruling party.
Furthermore, the Attorney General, Galo Chiriboga, said yesterday that the time to present evidence within a process are established in the code of criminal procedure. “Nobody can show up and present evidence when the case is already in court”, said Chiriboga.
Chevron is facing the Amazonian peoples by a dispute in which the Ecuadorians claim for a compensation for the contamination caused by waste and spill of crude oil, therefore the transnational company was sentenced to pay $ 19 billion. Despite the judgement, Chevron refuses to do so and continues the litigation.
Last week, the actress and singer Cher, joined the Ecuadorian cause and reported that Chevron has polluted the Amazon environment, therefore requested that the Americans do not consume gasoline at Chevron stations.