Vice President Jorge Glas entered on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, to the Public Prosecutor’s office through the back door. For the second time, the Vice President was questioned about the Odebrecht case, in which he is being tried for the crime of illicit association, along with 17 other people, including his uncle, Ricardo Rivera.
“The Vice-President acknowledged that, at the beginning of 2015, he sent Mr. Rivera information relating to the Glory International Industry Co. Ltd. company concerning a verification of the linkages in other countries between Rivera and that company,” former Legislator César Montúfar, a private accuser in the illicit association process, said.
Currently, this company, domiciled in the Marshall Islands (Oceania), is investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office of Ecuador for having received possible illegal payments from Odebrecht.
Faced with this scenario, Glas, via e-mail, allegedly tells his uncle to ask the Hong Kong company for a certificate stating that they have no relationship with Rivera to misrepresent the allegations.
In his previous version, Glas said that he only held family meetings with Rivera on rare occasions. On September 26, the Vice President admitted that he held two meetings with José Conceição Santos, Odebrecht’s former director, between 2013 and 2016. He is the informer that revealed he paid bribes to authorities in Ecuador. Glas again criticized the political opposition for exerting pressure on justice. (I)