Former Vice President of the Constitutional Court, Pamela Martinez, has involved former President Rafael Correa (who is fugitive in Belgium, for the kidnapping of Fernando Balda), and former Vice President Jorge Glas (prisoner in Latacunga, sentenced for conspiracy) in the process called “Green Rice” in which alleged “voluntary donations” of companies, including Odebrecht, are investigated to finance the electoral campaign of Correa and Glas in 2012.
Pamela Martínez, who has also been detained in the Latacunga jail since May 6, has told the Prosecutor’s Office that in 2013 she received direct instructions from President Rafael Correa to keep a parallel record of campaign expenses for Alianza País, since he had doubts about the previous management carried out by Ricardo Patiño, according to the electronic edition of El Comercio.
Martinez, who at that time worked in the Presidency of the Republic as Correa’s advisor, has stated that on that date he received a visit in his office from Alexis Mera, then Legal Secretary of the Presidency, and that he expressed that he had to deliver a sum of money to make urgent payments.
According to Pamela Martinez, she responded that she did not know where she was going to take the cash. He adds that after Mera’s visit, he spoke with President Rafael Correa to tell him what happened. Correa replied that he should talk to Vice President Jorge Glas. Vice President Glas in turn told him that in the next few days he would receive some paper envelopes and that he should send them to Mera.
Pamela Martinez has told the Prosecutor’s Office that days later she received paper envelopes with cash from Geraldo de Sousa, former representative of Odebrecht in Ecuador.
In the notebook, Pamela Martínez has noted: «VP arranges to receive Pedro Verduga, from Equitesa, and deliver over to María Duarte».
Martínez was captured at the Guayaquil airport early on May 4, when she was trying to flee to Mexico, after the portals MilHojas and La Fuente published a report based on an email sent in 2013 by Laura Terán, to Pamela Martínez, with a document entitled “Recipe for Green Rice”, in which an accounting was kept of supposed voluntary contributions given by companies, including Odebrecht, to finance the electoral campaign of Alianza PAIS. (I)