Former Correista officers, headed by former President Rafael Correa, are in the magnifying glass of the Prosecutor’s Office for the Petrochina case.
Prosecutor Paúl Pérez Reina asked International Affairs to manage banking and company formation information in a dozen countries, through criminal assistance.
The Office of the Prosecutor requested the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Panama, Bahamas, Vanuatu Islands, Uruguay to report if former officials of the Correistas have accounts in those countires.
The impulse to which EXPRESO had access was issued on Monday and contains at least 14 proceedings. Including information from former president Correa.
He also requests information from former Vice President Jorge Glas, sentenced to six years in prison for illicit association in the case of bribes from the construction company Odebrecht. In the list is the ex-secretary of Correa, Alexis Mera. They are joined by Pedro Merizalde, Rafael Poveda, Bayardo Poveda, Nilsen Arias, Marco Calvopiña, sentenced for alleged corruption in Petroecuador; Mauricio Jaramillo, Wilson Pastor, Patricio Rivera, Fausto Herrera, William Vásconez, José Icaza, Bismarck Andrade, ex-prosecutor Galo Chiriboga, former fugitive Carlos Pólit, Luis Uribe, Enrique Cadena, Jaime Baquerizo, Juan Baquerizo, Flor María Guerrero, Carlos Alvear , and Sergio Ruiz Giraldo.
The prosecutor asks that, if the answer is positive, a certified copy of the statements of accounts, attachments and all entries and exits of the account must be sent, since its opening.
The case was presented in the Office of the Prosecutor by Diego Salgado, to him the activist Fernando Villavicencio was added. In February, the Office of the Comptroller General established indications of criminal responsibility in the examinations carried out on contracts for the advance sale of petroleum to Petrochina and Petrotailandia.
On February 5, before leaving the country after participating in the campaign to promote the no in the consultation on February 4, former President Correa gave a version in the case.
According to Villavicencio, the subscription of these contracts meant for the State a loss of 2,200 million dollars. Ex-prosecutor Chiriboga said that it is an investigation that seeks to verify a fact: the existence of accounts in other countries, nothing more.
Pablo Encalada, defender of Calvopiña, said he is not worried about the request for information because his client does not have accounts in tax havens or participation in the facts investigated.
The Office of the Prosecutor requests certified copies of the documentation related to the constitution of the company Arkdale Investments, Eston Trading Limited, Breinston Capital & Shipping, Livinsgton Financial Corp, the payroll of partners and shareholders and the history of movements of shares and financiers of the company.
National Court Judge Luis Enríquez authorized audio and video recording of the session of Petroecuador’s Board of Directors on July 23, 2009. The Office of the Prosecutor requested the head of the Department of Criminalistics to appoint two experts from the unit to perform the expertise. (I)