The System of Protection and Assistance to Victims, Witnesses of the Prosecutor’s Office will analyze if there is any risk for Pablo Yánez, ex-right hand of the Secretary of Communication, Fernando Alvarado.
Protection depends on that report. If included in the program, Yánez will provide information to the Prosecutor’s Office, said attorney Lorena Grillo.
Yánez was Alvarado’s undersecretary and last week offered to deliver to the Prosecutor’s Office emails, recordings, videos and chats, in which it would be evident that he received the provisions of Alvarado, investigated for alleged embezzlement.
In February, the Office of the Comptroller General forwarded 11 reports with indications of criminal responsibility against the former official and ex-collaborators of the former Communications Secretariat.
The Comptroller found irregularities in the hiring of suppliers and services for the links, in which former President Rafael Correa disseminated his weekly activities, promoted his works and disqualified his opponents.
Yánez’s lawyer reiterated that the response of the Prosecutor’s Office is urgent because it is less than a month before the investigation is concluded and his client is afraid of what might happen.
Since Monday, the former secretary has received messages that would try to remove documents or glosses against him to prevent him from giving information, says the lawyer.
In a new impulse, the Office of the Prosecutor ordered proceedings. Call to give version today to Jorge Arboleda, at 2:00 PM, tomorrow Ana Lozada at 2:00 PM and Rosa Orellana on Friday at 09:00.
The Prosecutor’s Office also has deadlines for the delivery of information, among others, to Carlos Bravo, brother of former Secretary Marco Antonio Bravo, manager of Gota Azul Producciones to send certified copies of the accounting ledgers of clients, suppliers, accounts receivable, payable, withholdings, general journal and profit and loss balance for 2014 and 2015.
Between 2012 and 2015, the System had 8,668 active cases with 14,545 people. The majority of them are between 30 and 64 years old. In 2015, Manabí and Guayas were the provinces that registered the most active cases. The crimes in which there were the most threats were rape, murder, sexual abuse, trafficking in persons, physical and psychological violence against women and the family.
But not only those. Diana Falcón and Raúl Chicaiza were investigated for illicit association and plagiarism by politician Fernando Balda. Their level of risk was analyzed and they were incorporated into the System, confirmed by their defender Diego Chimbo.
On the website of the Office of the Prosecutor, the benefit is promoted. “If there is evidence that your life is in danger, report to the nearest Public Prosecutor’s Office, SPAVT manages your protection,” the message states. Those responsible for preparing the report prior to admission are prosecutors, judges, doctors, psychologists, public defenders and social workers. In the country there are 23 units.
Michelena offers delayed payments to GamaTV
Andrés Michelena, Secretary General of Communication of the Presidency, went yesterday to the Office of the Prosecutor to give a version.
He was called in the case that César Monge, CREO’s national director, denounced last year.
Monge asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate how the public media were administered during the 10 years of Correismo.
Former President Rafael Correa was identified as one of those responsible for an alleged mismanagement.
In October of 2017, Michelena, then general manager of Public Media, presented a first balance related to that administration.
Dozens of GamaTV workers, unpaid since August, were awaited by the Public Prosecutor’s Office. He offered the disbursement of six million dollars for late payments. (I)