The Uncle of the Vice President had privileged information of those interested in investing in the country
Posted On 11 Sep 2017
A private letter sent by the Vea Group to Vice President Jorge Glas Espinel showing interest in participating in the Fruta del Norte mining project was found in the computer of Glas’s uncle, Ricardo Rivera. This documentation is a vital part of the investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office for an alleged illegal association in the corruption network the Brazilian company Odebrecht wove in Ecuador.
Ricardo Rivera is one of the main suspects for illicit association within the preliminary inquiry that seeks to reveal the corruption network set in Ecuador by the Brazilian company Odebrecht.
This letter arrived at the office of Glas on April 1, 2014, and was signed by Michelangelo Vergopia, the proxy of Vea Group and that, according to his Facebook account, during that time visited several cities in the Highlands and the Amazon. Vergopia requested an appointment with the Vice President to tell him the proposal and tell him that the Exim Bank of India would finance Fruta del Norte works.
On April 2, 2014, the former secretary of the Vice-Presidency Sergio Ruiz sent all the documentation to former Minister of Strategic Sectors Rafael Poveda to respond to Vergopia. All letters were sent through the Quipux system, an official communication network of the Government, which allows the exchange of documents according to the hierarchy of the official (see infographics). The process was apparently fulfilled with normality until the letters appeared on the computer of Ricardo Rivera. (I)