The former legal secretary of the previous government, Alexis Mera, appeared on Monday, May 28, before the National Assembly’s Oversight Committee, during the impeachment process he is taking against the Judicial Council.
The former official accepted that he sent a judicial brief in 2013 to a judge in Portoviejo, for a case brought by retired teachers who demanded retroactive payments of more than $ 10 million. “I sent the document to the judge with a copy to the Judicial Council, where I indicated the irregularities that were being committed to the detriment of the State, saying that this is state interference seems ridiculous,” said Mera.
During his speech, the former legal secretary acknowledged that “there has been judicial corruption in the last decade,” which harmed the national government, which should be cause for concern. Likewise, Mera explained that he called a judge as a desperate act, since the previous judge had ruled in favor of a courier company illegally, “which would cause the embargo of the accounts of the Development Bank and a loss of $ 3 million, always acting in defense of the interests of the State.”
The former legal secretary stressed that “the president of the Republic can intervene in any issue that interests the public administration.” “The Government, which is the administrative representation of the State, is a user of the Judicial Function (…) and it is dangerous to go so far as to argue that the Government does not take steps as an interested party,” he said.
This is one of the alleged evidence that Assembly members Esteban Bernal and Raúl Tello presented to this Commission last week, to support the request for impeachment against the members of the Judicial Council. The legislator Tello affirmed that Mera tries to confuse by expressing that he acted on behalf of the State, when this is attribution of the Attorney General of the State.
Silvia Salgado said that within the process should be assessed whether the subjects of impeachment, the president and the members of the Judicial Council or the judges who received these writings did or not what Dr. Mera requested. “If any of those letters resulted in the punishment of any judge or justice operator, the interference in justice would have been configured,” she added.
The president of the Commission, María José Carrión, announced that by Wednesday, May 30, the session will be convened to receive the exculpatory evidence of the members of the judicial council. (I)