The vice president without functions of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, sentenced to six years in prison for the crime of illicit association in the Odebrecht corruption case, said in an interview to CNN, which was published this Wednesday, December 20, 2017, which will sue his uncle Ricardo Rivera, accused of being the intermediary in the collection of bribes from the Brazilian company Odebrecht.
During the conversation Glas said that the Prosecutor’s accusation would respond to a pact with the Odebrecht company to harm him and that he is preparing for a possible dismissal. He also warned that he will sue his uncle Ricardo Rivera, accused of being the intermediary in the collection of bribes from Odebrecht. Rivera was also sentenced to 6 years in prison.
Aníbal Quinde, attorney for Ricardo Rivera, uncle of Vice President Jorge Glas, told CNN that his client never did anything illegal against his nephew and less on his behalf. He added that if Glas sues him, he will defend himself in accordance with what the law determines.
The Ecuadorian vice president reiterated that there is a “pact between the prosecutor and the Odebrecht informer.” The second president said that the Prosecutor keeps “secret” the “cooperation agreement signed between Santos and the prosecution.” Glas said that this agreement has to be made public
According to Glas, “when Prosecutor Baca was still speaking to me and he came back from Brazil, he calls me and says Jorge, I have a statement from Santos where he says that you are an honest man, but he asks me for something in exchange, odebrecht, that is not prosecuted in the Ecuador”.
Glas also mentioned that Baca “spoke on several occasions” with him, and as he said, the Prosecutor would have told him that “his innocence was reiterated.”
In view of the alleged agreement that Glas denounces, the Prosecutor’s Office has not ruled for now, but on previous occasions it has argued that its investigation had technical and legal backing.
Before accusing Glas, prosecutor Baca did acknowledge that there were political pressures in the case, but did not specify its origin.
The informer and ex-superintendent of Odebrecht in Ecuador, José Santos, has not spoken openly about the accusations of the pact between Odebrecht and the prosecutor’s office of which Glas speaks. Santos is serving an eight-year prison sentence for corruption in Brazil. (I)