The Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa assured last Wednesday night that both officials “are innocent.” He also stated that he would not allow innocent people to be in jail, despite any political cost that he’s intervention could have.
The only two detained members of the COFIEC bank board, Omar Unda and Roberto Sandoval, could appeal their defence. The attorneys of the detained are trying to change the cautionary measures; currently they have a preventive imprisonment order, for other fines not so severe.
Meanwhile the Prosecutor office will receive both versions of the detained next week. Mauricio Ramirez, attorney of Unda, pointed out that his testimonies should have been taken the day they were detained, as a basic investigation measure.
According with Correa the judges decided to detain the two former members of COFIEC board for making a virtual approval of the credit, but they conditioned its delivery until some guarantees where available. This occurred to them for being frightened by the pressures of some politicians and a media persecution, something that Correa qualified as “a dirty trick.” AV