Prosecutor Diana Salazar linked the director of the Sai Bank in Ecuador Juan Pablo Eljuri Veintimilla, currently in Miami, Florida, for alleged illegal money collection from Odebrecht bribes.
Salazar says she has received daily visits (threats) from Eljuri´s lawyers, who go to her office to tell her to “think well what she is going to do because she is confronting a powerful businessman.”
The name of this bank appeared in audios recorded clandestinely by Odebrecht’s representative in Ecuador, José Conceição Santos. Following the investigations, on June 22, a raid was made to a bank´s office located in Quito. Following these raids, the Prosecutor’s Office detained Juan Borja, who according to the Hispano Post website, revealed that the bank was the exclusive property of the Eljuri business group.
Borja stated that the direction of Sai Bank in Ecuador is run from the Cuenca office, where the headquarters of the Eljuri Group is also located.
The Sai Bank issued a statement denying prohibited financial transactions in Ecuador. On Juan Pablo Eljuri, he said: “He did not hold or currently holds the position of Director of the SAI-Bank in Ecuador, as has been mentioned because this corporate name does not exist.” (I)