These types of contracts were justified by the Public Contracting Law and are part of the paper trail that Pareja submitted in the trial against him for alleged bribery. Section 85 of this legislation allows contracting by contingencies or technical matters and without public tender, provided that they are duly “motivated, ” and the budget of the original contract is maintained. But if a work or service requires the creation of a new budget, Section 87 of the same law allows these contracts up to 35% of the updated value or readjustment of the main contract. But this percentage did not apply to consulting contracts and the hydrocarbon sector. Although, this exception is no longer included in the 2013 reform of this section.