The Office of the Prosecutor has raided four buildings in Quito (two homes and two companies) and three more in Guayaquil (a house, a company and a law firm) at dawn on Sunday, May 5, 2019, within the framework of investigations initiated before the alleged crimes of bribery, influence peddling, organized crime and money laundering derived from a report of the site Mil Hojas on alleged “voluntary collaborations” for 11.6 million dollars delivered by several companies, including Odebrecht to Alianza PAIS, in 2013.
Mil Hojas has based his report on a document entitled “Recipe of Arroz Verde 502”, contained in a private email sent to Pamela Martínez Loayza, then adviser to President Rafael Correa, with details of the donations, the people who requested them, the companies who granted them and to whom they were divided.
The journalists who signed the report, Fernando Villavicencio and Christian Zurita, have not explained how they obtained said email. Martinez, who was later a magistrate of the Constitutional Court, has been captured by the Prosecutor’s Office early on Saturday, when she was trying to leave the country for Mexico.
The Office of the Prosecutor has informed that there is another woman detained. Press reports indicate that the other woman is Laura Terán Betancourt, former assistant to the Presidency of the Republic, who was captured in Cotopaxi on Saturday morning.
Unofficial reports say that the legal study is the office in Guayaquil of Alexis Mera, also mentioned in the document Recipe of Arroz Verde 502. (I)