The Prosecutor’s Office investigates the relationship of the companies with the presidential ex-adviser Pamela M., one of the protagonists of the scandal called “Arroz Verde”.
The money from the contractors of the State not only came to the PAIS Alliance campaigns, but also would have fattened the pockets of officials of the previous government. This is one of the hypotheses that is strengthened in the investigation carried out by the Attorney General’s Office, to reveal the alleged case of corruption known as “Green Rice”.
The clearest relationship is that of Pamela M. with the construction company Odebrecht. Between 2013 and 2015, the company funded the exasesora Rafael Correa pleasure trips, birthday parties and managed the headquarters of the Bar Association of Guayas, where her husband, Jimmy Salazar, is still the president.
In addition, the transfer is investigated from Brazilian construction of more than $ 400,000 to the company Nexoglobal, appearing on behalf of third parties, but presumed it was owned by Pamela M. A
preliminary report of the Financial Analysis Unit and Economic ( UAFE) determines that Nexoglobal issued its Unique Taxpayer Registry, in 2010, under the provision of legal advisory services. Its offices are located on the first floor of the Parque Empresarial Colón, in the city of Guayaquil.
A team of The Daily Telegraph went to the scene to request an interview with Gregorio Castellanos, legal representative of the entity, but at the reception of the building was reported that since Nexoglobal no authorization to let people outside the company.
In the UAFE report there are three payments made by Odebrecht to Nexoglobal, totaling $ 343,000. However, prosecutor Diana Salazar argued that the construction company delivered 37 Nexoglobal bills, which exceed $ 470,000. And there is no record of the services that were given for those items.
The two versions of Pamela M.
Cristian P. is a young man who worked as an assistant to Pamela M. in the Presidency of the Republic. He was detained for 24 hours by the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate his possible participation in the case.
Her testimony was another link that contributes to the investigation on the relations of the former consultant with Odebrecht.
He said he had blank invoices from Nexoglobal to the Odebrecht offices in the capital. He never knew what it was about, but he did know Geraldo de Souza, a former executive of the Brazilian company, who frequented the office of the presidential ex-adviser.
In its first version to the Office of the Prosecutor, on May 4, Pamela M. said that she did meet the Odebrecht executive.
“Yes I know him, but I do not remember exactly when, but it was at an event in the house in Guayasamín, that the Odebrecht company invited several officials of the Presidency,” adding that he did not remember if he invited her to travel abroad. They were friends, but they never worked together
But 27 days later his testimony changed. Pamela M. assured that Geraldo de Souza went to his office to give him money in cash that, supposedly, he handed over to the former legal secretary of the Presidency, Alexis M.
This visit allegedly occurred in 2013. The same year that the transfers began from Odebrecht to the Nexoglobal accounts.
The link with Nexoglobal
The Prosecutor’s Office also has the statement of Castellanos, who assured that the ex-adviser is the one who gave the orders in that company.
While the prosecutor Diana Salazar, among the arguments she gave to the National Court, said there are indications that the previous owners of Nexoglobal, Monica and Carlos Cordonés, lent their name to form the company, but the alleged beneficiaries were Pamela M. and her husband, Jimmy Salazar.
This newspaper requested an interview with Salazar and only answered that the accusations against him are false.
However, the UAFE report found that the legal representative of Nexoglobal appears as the person in charge of the campaign of the Social Justice Movement in the last elections. This organization is led by Salazar and with his sponsorship, he was nominated to the Prefecture of Guayas.
Control receives more evidence of the complaint
→ The Oversight Committee of the Assembly today plans to begin this day stage of the compilation of testimonies and evidence in the investigation of the case “Arroz Verde”. The first guests will be the journalists who denounced the alleged illegal contributions, Cristian Zurita and Fernando Villavicencio.
Last week, the members of the commission made known the resolution of the plenary session of the Assembly so that in 45 days they present a report on the presumed contributions.
In the first meeting, they made a mapping of authorities, public officials, businessmen and institutions that were pointed out in the reports and that are also part of the investigation of the Office of the Prosecutor.
The Supervisory Commission also plans to convene the representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, Comptroller, Financial and Economic Analysis Unit, Internal Revenue Service, National Electoral Council and the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute. In addition, they will invite the people and authorities that were involved in the management of the PAIS Alliance campaign.
Tax investigation will last until September 29
→ The State Attorney General’s office extended the time to investigate those involved in the delivery of the alleged illegal contributions in the PAIS Alliance campaigns. Now, the deadline will be met on September 29, but it will be non-extendable, the national judge, Daniella Camacho, ordered in its resolution.
So far the people investigated are Alexis Mera, former legal secretary of the Presidency; the ex ministry María de Los Ángeles D .; Pamela M., presidential ex-adviser; and Laura T., her former assistant.
The investigation will be under the direction of the Attorney General, Diana Salazar, at the headquarters of the entity in Quito.
Last week, the prosecutor of the Transparency Unit, Ruth Amoroso, sent the documentation she collected while investigating Pamela M. and Laura T., both were the first detainees in this case.
The capture occurred at the beginning of May, after the denunciations of the irregular contributions were made public. One of the first actions that the Prosecutor’s Office must carry out is to unite the two files, giving them an exact numerical order.