The judicial file opened against Ricardo Rivera, uncle of Vice President Jorge Glas and five other people linked to the Odebrecht case is now reserved despite the fact that it had gone through the preliminary investigation phase and the investigation formalized. The decision was taken by the judge of Criminal Guarantees of Pichincha Patricio Baño through an ordinance published last Monday. In the text, Baño explains that the request for the reservation was requested by prosecutor Diana Salazar, of the Anti-Corruption Unit.
“(The Odebrecht case) is a crime of public action and has nothing to do with matters of State security. On the contrary, making it reserved affects one of the most important principles of a Constitutional State: transparency and the fight against corruption,” contends Ramiro Avila, a professor of criminal law at Universidad Andina. (I)