The President of the Republic Lenin Moreno denied having accounts or offshore companies on his behalf, relatives, friends or acquaintances and denied the purchase of an apartment in Europe, in his message to the nation on the night of Tuesday, February 26, 2019, after the rumors that circulated in social networks in recent days.
In a broadcast, he indirectly pointed out former President Rafael Correa to be the one behind the accusations. “I’m Lenin Moreno and this is my sworn statement: these are my bank accounts and this is my certificate of not having offshore accounts,” he said, as he showed the documents. He added that he does not have and has not had departments outside the country, “because it is not in my plans to flee, here is my family, my grandchildren …”.
The Head of State added that when the Presidency ends, he will stay in the country and look at everyone in the face and will continue to receive affection and even criticism. “I do not need an attic in Europe to be happy. I do not have shares in companies or participation in my brothers’ businesses, I do not have accounts or offshore companies, “added the Head of State.
He also briefly outlined the period in which he was as special envoy of the United Nations and how he completed his work. “Like any diplomat who has in the country that resides temporarily, I had some bank accounts in Switzerland, while I worked as a special envoy,” he said.
Once his mission was completed, Moreno assured that he closed them by regulation and handed in his accounting report, both to the Foreign Ministry and to the then Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon. Said this added: “Everything is organized deliberately, within a strategy of destabilization of the country, engineered by a fugitive former president, causing the greatest moral, economic and social debacle that Ecuador has experienced.”
And he considered as paradoxical the fact that the former president does have a department in Europe, brothers who had dealings with the State, accusations of kidnapping and harassment, as well as influence peddling.
He even maintained that the former president faces more than 500 denunciations of corruption and waste. He brought up the plot of Odebrecht and other cases that were recorded when he was at the head of the nation, as “the pativideos, the narcovalija, the minister “comecheques” and bribes considered as agreements between private.” Faced with this situation, the President affirmed that they have not scared him or that they are going to achieve it and that they can no longer deceive the honest people of the country.
In that sense, he urged him and those who “lend themselves to play the game” to support his actions and assertions in the judicial field, but not to continue “with the gossip in networks and media”, which he called “data and scribbles facts for scandal and deception. “
He added that people who believe they have any accusatory or evidentiary element, must present it in a sustained form before the pertinent authorities. Also, that all the authorities that have competence to act in these matters do so. In the end he considered that all this is due to the fact that the sectional elections are approaching. “Everything is the work of those to whom the investigations are closing more and more,” said Moreno. (I)