On September 20, in Guayaquil, Ricardo Rivera, uncle of former Vice President Jorge Glas, will face his second charge of charges for a crime stemming from the corruption process implemented by the Odebrecht company in Ecuador. On this occasion Rivera will be the only one prosecuted for the crime of money laundering.
During the previous investigation, the Office of the Prosecutor also analyzed the accounts and behavior in certain negotiations related to the telecommunications area of businessman Tomislav Tópic, of Telconet, and his son Jan Topic, and even nine months ago there was a first request for a hearing to formulate charges that included them, but this time the prosecutor of the case will not raise it for them.
Rivera’s defense, Aníbal Quinde, affirms that there is no type of illegality in the efforts made by his client and even less in the income that he would have received during his professional career. He clarifies that he will defend his innocence in the courts.
Rivera was sentenced as well as Glas to six years of minor imprisonment for the crime of conspiracy, also related to Odebrecht. In this case both, in addition to three other sentenced, filed the appeal, which does not yet have a date to be resolved by the National Court of Justice.
A preliminary investigation into the crime of bribery is also underway against Glas and Rivera, an investigation that follows from facts related to Odebrecht. (I)