Posted On 22 Aug 2017
The only eclipse that could be seen yesterday in Ecuador was that of Vice President Jorge Glas, who lost his last rays of political life at 12:30, when the Attorney General’s Office made public his in links in the corruption plot sponsored by Odebrecht.
Stripped of his political duties, but clung to his charge, Jorge Glas’s slow-motion fall had only two paths: the impeachment or the criminal prosecution. This time, justice arrived first.
The path to legal fall had been carefully prepared by prosecutor Diana Salazar, who was responsible for lifting up Odebrecht’s corruption carpet.
In her last impulse, Salazar describes a legal process so often denied by the Alianza PAIS party: the existence of evidence.
“Mr. Glas Espinel, in his capacity as minister and vice-president, exercised direct influence in the scope of the functions entrusted, thus facilitating the consummation of the illicit acts investigated,” says Salazar in her letter.
The linking of a vice president cornered by allegations of corruption, ranging from Odebrecht to Caminosca, is today imminent. And it does not surprise anyone. Not even Glas himself: “Deep down, this does not surprise me,” said the second president, who could soon change his title for the seventeenth person prosecuted for institutionalized corruption. (I)