The Ecuadorian public prosecutor’s office quoted former president Rafael Correa to give his version next Monday in a case that is in preliminary inquiry about the advance sale of oil during his government, which ended last May.
The former governor (2007-2017) is called at 0930 local time (14.30 GMT) “to render his free and voluntary version in the case known as Petrochina,” the prosecution said in a statement.
This case investigates possible damage to the State in the advance sale of oil to China.
The public newspaper El Telégrafo recalled that on January 25, in this case, the businessman Enrique Cadena, from Mexico, and Fernando Villavicencio, rendered their version. The latter maintains that the Ecuadorian State was allegedly injured by 2,200 million dollars for the signing of contracts with China and Thailand through strategic alliances.
In his Twitter account, Villavicencio warns that the Prosecutor’s Office has summoned Correa “to declare” in his “report of corruption through oil trading with Petrochina.” “I hope that before he does not escape from the country,” he says. Correa, who after giving power went to live in Belgium, where his wife is from, and who has defended the transparency of contracts in his administration, is currently in the country to campaign for the “no” in the popular consultation next Sunday, which raises, among other issues, the elimination of indefinite re-election. (I)