Lenín Moreno entrusts the Financial Analysis Unit to Diana Salazar, the Odebrecht prosecutor and FIFAgate
Diana Salazar is the new director of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit (UAFE) of Ecuador. President Lenin Moreno arranged this Monday, February 19, 2018 through Decree 315, which came into force with its issuance.
The Executive accepts the resignation of Carlos Villarreal, who began his duties as director of the UAFE in November 2016. The document notes that he thanks the former director of the entity for “the valuable services rendered in favor of the Republic.” Article 13 of the Organic Law on the Prevention, Detection and Eradication of Money Laundering and Financing of Crime mentions that the highest authority of the UAFE is designated by the President of the Republic.
Diana Salazar has been a researcher at the Ecuadorian Public Prosecutor’s Office since 2011. In 2015 the agent was at the forefront of the criminal trials of the so-called FIFAgate, for which he prosecuted the then President of the Ecuadorian Soccer Federation, Luis Chiriboga, for money laundering. In June 2017, Salazar was appointed by the General Prosecutor, Carlos Baca, as director of the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Unit.
In that year she led the investigation of the Odebrecht case that found criminal evidence against the then Vice President of the Republic Jorge Glas. The Court determined, based on the evidence, that the facts of Odebrecht could configure, in addition to unlawful association, crimes such as embezzlement, concussion, bribery, illicit enrichment (with the exception of the trial for illicit association, the other possible illicit ones, now in the hands of the General Prosecutor Carlos Baca Mancheno, they still do not reach the courts).
For their investigations into FIFAgate and Odebrecht, the principals pointed out by Salazar received a ruling.
The UAFE is in charge of preparing reports on financial intelligence and on unjustified or unusual operations, acts such as assistant to the Prosecutor’s Office in investigations for laundering, corruption, illicit enrichment, etc. (I)