Xavier Castro, lawyer for Tamar Verduga, ex-wife of Tomislav Topic, arrived at the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) to request that former Vice President Jorge Glas be investigated for alleged money laundering in the Odebrecht bribery scheme.
“No one swallows the ball that Rivera was the owner of the bribes. We are talking about the bribes that were not given to Rivera because of his pretty face, they gave it to him as uncle of Glas: those bribes are from Glas, “said Castro when he joined the FGE, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
The defense of Verduga
He insisted that the investigation should remain in the Office of the Prosecutor for being a case of jurisdiction. He also asked, in the name of his client, that preventive detention be given to those who are not yet in jail: Jan and Tomislav Topic.
Another of the requests – which he made in a letter – was that the actions of Telconet be seized to ensure the repair of the damages suffered by the State and Verduga, according to Castro.
Castro recalled that it was Verduga’s lawyers who gave “the alarms” in this process. He explained that during the trial in Miami it was discovered that the money that Odebrecht transfers to Glory International -of Rivera and Glas- that company transfers to Jan Topic and that it does to Telconet, are the same monies that were used to increase the capital and take Mrs. Verduga’s actions, in favor of Jan Topic.
The case of money laundering followed against Ricardo Rivera and Tomislav Topic was reactivated. One of the proceedings will be this Friday, at 09:00, for which Topic was called to give a version in the Office of the Prosecutor of Guayas.
On Monday the undersecretary of Political Action of the Presidency, Iván Granda, and the director of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit (UAFE), Diana Salazar, announced Topic’s offer to return 13.5 million dollars, product of the plot of bribes from Odebrecht.
The refund will not be immediate, said the entrepreneur and principal of Telconet, but according to the cash flow. Topic prepares a press conference for this Friday in Guayaquil. (I)