The Attorney of Exportadora Bananera Noboa, Sylka Sánchez, explained in a letter that was published yesterday in the newspapers El Universo, and El Comercio , than the so-called debt of Bananera Noboa is illegal and secretly forged, that it has violated the guarantees of due process and that they have not been allowed to bring the discussion to judicial authorities, the seizing of goods resulting from that action actually constitute a confiscation.
During a press conference at the offices of Industrial Molinera Company, the lawyer reiterated the contents of the publication and said that the Director of the Internal Revenue Service (SRI), Carlos Marx Carrasco, could not find an answer about why, for the fiscal year of 2005, the SRI wants t to collect from Bananera Noboa the sum of $49.2 million, while Dole, who in the same year exported more fruit , only paid for income tax the amount of $700,000.
The alleged tax debt is illegal and therefore they has not been allowed to take the discussion to judicial authorities and the guarantees of due process had been violated, but we will continue litigating, in absolute State of powerlessness, here in Ecuador, to then go to the supranational courts in search of impartiality and justice, she added.
She said that part of the persecution was the latest statement of Economist Carlos Marx Carrasco, based on information provided by an alleged Attache from the Office of investigations of the Department of National Security of the the United States Government which stated that Lawyer Noboa had left the country on March 15, which is false, as publicly acknowledged by the Minister of the Interior, José Serrano, who admitted to the press that it was a mistake.
Dr. Sanchez warned that they expect, as an Ecuadorian company, that President Correa opens up to a dialogue or, failing that, to a civilized debate, for the truth to be revealed.