Posted On 13 Mar 2017
US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen reported that the Justice Department denied her request to divulge the names of the Ecuadorians who received bribes from the Brazilian firm Odebrecht.
In a statement published on the website of the congresswoman, it is noted that the decision to retain the names of officials is based on US policies.
“It is generally not the policy of the department to discuss investigations that continue to be developed or publicly name the co-conspirators who have not been charged,” the statement said.
Hence Ros-Lehtinen said that “without the disclosure of the names of the Ecuadorean officials involved, those responsible will not be brought to justice” under the regime of President Rafael Correa. She also questioned an alleged “lack of independence” in Ecuador’s judiciary and said that “their own investigations” are not reliable.
The Prosecutor´s office has not yet ruled on these criticisms but has defended its investigations.
On March 3 Attorney General Galo Chiriboga held a meeting with his Peruvian counterpart. They exchanged information on Odebrecht’s acts of corruption in both countries.