The businessman Tomislav Topic has announced, through his lawyer, Jorge Zavala Egas, that he will pay in installments US $ 13.5 million dollars, which he received from the Glory International company, and that he has not been able to justify in the middle of an investigation of alleged laundering of money related to former Vice President Jorge Glas.
Zavala said that on Thursday they will present to the judge the schedule of delivery of that money, “in temporary custody”, to the Real Estate Management Service of the Public Sector (Real Estate), and that it would begin this month and would end next November.
According to a notarized document, it is indicated that this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, two certified checks for 400,000 and 600,000 dollars were delivered to Real Estate. Topic offers to cross accounts by almost 7 million dollars that correspond to the payment of taxes realized by the entrance of that investment to the project of the submarine cable and with the cession of credits of the State. The balance would be paid in certified checks with variable amounts until the month of November 2019.
The regime, which had offered to allocate those resources to the payment of the IESS debt with the retirees, has not yet pronounced accepting or rejecting that offer.
The diligence was developed on the afternoon of this Wednesday after February 27, 2019 a judge of Criminal Guarantees set a deadline of 72 hours for Topic to return the 13.5 million dollars that his company, Telconet, received from an offshore company that Odebrecht used to pay bribes.
According to the Unit of Financial and Economic Analysis (UAFE), the Brazilian company Odebrecht made payments to Glory International Industry, domiciled in Hong Kong, China, used by Ricardo Rivera, uncle of Jorge Glas to receive bribes between 2012 and 2013, which totaled $ 13.5 million.
From there, Glory International Industry transferred the money to Jan Tomislav Topic’s account at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the United States. Said money was invested through the company Telconet in the submarine cable. The Attorney General’s Office maintains an investigation into the crime of money laundering. (I)