Posted On 27 Dec 2016
On Christmas days, The Attorney General´s Office raided homes and detained a person. It only announced the alleged money laundering offense, unrelated to the corruption plot in the state company Petroecuador. It was Interior Minister Diego Fuentes the one who “tied those ends.”
The dawn of yesterday the police action focused on three houses in Guayaquil and five in Samborondon that were raided. There, plenty of documents, cash and firearms were found.
The evidence obtained by the prosecutors, along with the only detainee of the operation, Ernesto Weison, were transferred to Quito. He was given a charge-setting hearing at 5:00 p.m. yesterday, which was declared reserved by order of prosecutor Diana Salazar.
Eight prosecutors and 80 police agents participated in the operation, with the raids orders granted by the judges of Flagrancy of both jurisdictions (Guayaquil and Samborondon). In a statement, the Attorney General’s Office said yesterday that the action “is part of the previous investigation of a new case for money laundering, which resulted from two previous investigations carried out by illicit enrichment and organized crime.”
Fiscal agents are tracking a series of “unusual and unjustified” transactions detected in recent days by the General Directorate of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit.
In a document, the court is requested to order the arrest, for investigative purposes, of Carlos Pareja Cordero and Carlos Pareja Dassum on suspicion that they would be directly related to the money transactions.