Through Twitter, the citizens rebuked the former president for the cases that involve his government with the hashtag #CorreaDelincuenteProfugo
The government of former president Rafael Correa was a social media trend last Saturday. Corruption was the issue. Under the label #CorreaDelincuenteProfugo, citizens outraged by the previous presidential administration spoke via Twitter. With images, videos and texts, they reminded the former president himself, his actions and omissions, which generated interactions.
A number of officials of the current Government and politicians were added to the citizen pronouncements, recalling the different acts of corruption. There were even requests, such as that of the Anticorruption Secretary, Iván Granda, who demanded that the former president stop insulting and rather “confront Ecuadorian justice.” He cited some of the acts of corruption such as the purchase of Dhruv helicopters; the death of General Gabela, of Fausto Valdiviezo; the Balda case, the Ramiro González case, the Odebrecht plot, the Chinese radars and the irregularities in the Refinery.
On the other hand, Foreign Minister José Valencia clarified that Correa’s management was “a storm of intolerance, failed economic management and immodest corruption.” Some of the messages questioned the former president’s strategy to defame whoever thinks differently, which in this new administration, no longer works. On what happened on Saturday, March 9, Esteban Nicholls, professor at the Simón Bolívar Andean University, believes that the government must act on the basis of legal procedures to deal with complaints of corruption of the previous administration. “It is important that any judicial process that is carried out on acts of corruption, which actually occurred in the correísmo, is not diminished by a witch hunt,” he said.
The jurist Salim Zaidán, affirmed that to obtain results on the fight against the corruption of the previous Government, it is necessary that the Executive gives information to the justice guaranteeing its independence. He stated that ministers, secretaries and counselors should be careful when giving statements about acts of corruption, because they can hinder the investigation processes. “We had a bad experience with citizen links, where opinions were expressed about judicial processes and that had repercussions on the decisions of the judges,” Zaidán recalled.
For the Presidential Adviser, Santiago Cuesta, the current president Lenin Moreno and his government act according to law. “If tomorrow we have information on corruption, destabilization or any act that we can prove, we will report it to the prosecution. This is how things should be done, “he said.
The official said he felt sorry for the attitude of former President Correa, who from the underground, in his capacity as a fugitive from justice, through social networks insults, denigrates and emits speculation. “If he had something true what he says, through his block of assembly members should go to the Prosecutor to file a complaint, which is what should be done,” he said.
He recalled that in the time of Correa, for 10 years the then president gave his opinion above all, dictated prison orders on Saturday broadcasts, freed detainees, pardoned criminals and intervened in justice. To say of Cuesta, the anecdotal of this, is that people continue to take it into account when it is prosecuted, escaped and more and more anomalies appear in its management.
The official called to respect the country’s institutions as the current government does with the judicial function, despite the fact that judges who were appointed in the same correísta government remain in it. On February 27, the President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, mentioned that around 500 denunciations of corruption against the previous government have been presented.
According to the State Attorney General’s Office, against former President Rafael Correa, 11 investigations are open. In the same way, it has been counted that for corruption in the past administration, so far there are 16 fugitives from justice. In previous statements, the spokesman of the Anticorruption Commission, Jorge Rodríguez, estimated that around $ 70,000 million represents the damage to the State.
Of that amount, $ 35,000 million would be for corruption and $ 35,000 million for mismanagement in the awarding of works. Now he expects speed of justice and in particular of the new attorney general.
The situation of Jorge Glas
He is the highest ranking official of the previous government who is being held for corruption. He was sentenced to six years in prison for the crime of illicit association in the case of the construction company Odebrecht.
317 former officials of the previous government have indications of criminal responsibility, according to the Comptroller.
The next trial
For the crime of embezzlement in the Singue case the prosecution will prosecute the former vice president of the Republic, the former ministers, Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli and Wilson Pastor and eight others. (I)