The justice of Ecuador called trial of Rafael Correa by a case of bribery and the illegal financing of his party

justice of Ecuador has been called the trial of the former president, Rafael Correa, in the case of bribery, in which we investigate a network of payments compa

The justice of Ecuador called trial of Rafael Correa by a case of bribery and the illegal financing of his party

justice of Ecuador has been called the trial of the former president, Rafael Correa, in the case of bribery, in which we investigate a network of payments companies the Alianza PAÍS party to exchange of contracts. The decision of the judge Daniella Camacho began with a slap on the wrist for the Prosecution for having filed a charge disordered and incomplete, however, the magistrate held a trial at the last hour of this Friday the exmandatario and more than 20 other people, including the closest members of his previous Government.

Next to Strap, going to trial on the charge of bribery, punishable by imprisonment of up to five years, its vice-president Jorge Glas, his former minister of Public Works; Maria de los Angeles Duarte, his former secretary of Water, Walter Solis, his former minister of Tourism; Fernando Alvarado, his former secretary legal of the presidency, Alexis Mera, and the exvicepresidenta of the Assembly, Viviana Bonilla. In addition, they are involved and will be prosecuted two officials that were key to desentramar the network of contributions illegal with the Alliance COUNTRY, according to the research, funded electoral campaigns and in return granted public contracts to the companies involved. Pamela Martinez and Laura Terán worked as a secretary and assistant in the office of the president and provided a number of documents, chats, emails, invoices, and files in which they had recorded the payments and the names of those involved.

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This second call to the trial court for Rafael Correa has the special effect to the political horizon of the exmandatario and his announcement of returning to the first line in the elections that will be held in Ecuador in 2021. Bribery is a crime imprescriptible, according to the Criminal Code of ecuador, and can be tried in absence. This means that the process can proceed to judgment even though the president is not present before the courts, as has already occurred in the other criminal trial facing Belt -and that is suspended - for the alleged kidnapping of a political opponent eight years ago in Colombia.

The judge Daniella Camacho resumed on Friday the hearing to appeal a judgment to which he came with a document resolution of 300 pages in which he welcomed the majority of the test items proposed by the office of the Prosecutor, despite having questioned that the prosecution has left out of the case to the company Odebrecht and other companies that appeared mentioned as contributors of Alliance COUNTRY in the records of the plot. Also criticized has been ruled out the application of other offences that are involved in the bribery, and that not only punish the officials who receive bribes but also to the private individuals who delivered the bribes, taking into account that both the State Attorney General's office as the Attorney general had outlined in the previous phases a case of a “criminal organization” whose head was the former president Correa.

The case arose out of a revelation of journalistic known as Green Rice that I made reference to the “recipe” of the distribution of payoffs between high-level officials by companies such as Odebrecht contractors or chinese, is also investigated for irregularities in other processes. According to the allusions in key, compiled on the blog of the presidential advisor Pamela Martinez, distributed the money with the permission and knowledge order of SP. These acronyms, initially attributed to “Mr. President” were confirmed by the same Belt when he tried to swerve through the social networks that the payments were bribes. The former president issued receipts that, according to his version, showed their contributions to a fund of solidarity of the party. “For FS in a part of SP”, said one of the evidences of 2014, which highlights that those two initials allude to Rafael Correa.

Updated Date: 04 January 2020, 04:00

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