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January 31, 2019

Ecuador: Election Body Uninvites OAS From Upcoming Elections – teleSUR

Atamaint said Ecuadorean election processes have changed and that international observers are no longer permitted to interview officials, either national or partisan.

January 28, 2019

Judge prohibits ex vice president María Alejandra Vicuña from leaving the country – Ecuador Times

Prohibition of leaving the country and periodic presentation every eight days before the subrogated president of the Provincial Court of Justice of Guayas is what ordered this Wednesday the national judge Ivan Saquicela against the former vice-president of the Republic María Alejandra Vicuña, within the instruction that will last 90 days for the crime of concussion.

January 24, 2019

Ecuador may accept IMF help to reduce deficit, international debt – Reuters

Ecuador may use financing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to balance its budget, as the South American country seeks to reduce a swollen fiscal deficit and its international debt, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

January 23, 2019

Ecuador tightens rules for Venezuelans after brutal murder – Associated Press

Venezuelans who want to enter Ecuador will now have to present an official document showing any brushes with the law, the government announced Monday, two days after the killing of a 22-year-old woman sparked a wave of unrest against migrants.

January 17, 2019

US Questioned Ecuadorean Officials About Alleged Assange-Manafort Meeting: Report – teleSUR

Julian Assange has said he has been spied on and that details of his daily life have been sent to the FBI in the United States. United States officials spoke with officials from Ecuador’s British embassy Friday about an alleged meeting between President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Ecuadorean government source said.

January 16, 2019

Juan Andrés Baquerizo admitted his fault in the United States on case Petroecuador – Ecuador Times

In January 2019 there will be a new sentence in the case of bribes in Petroecuador, but it will be in the United States. Juan Andres Baquerizo Escobar, of the Oil Services & Solutions (OSS) company, pleaded guilty to money laundering in the Florida proceeding against him and his sentence will be heard on the 18th of next month. According to the statement signed by Baquerizo Escobar and his lawyer, the bribes paid to Petroecuador employees reached $ 1.72 million between 2012 and 2016, with a view to obtaining public contracts. OSS performed works at the Esmeraldas and La Libertad refineries for $ 37.8 million. Read more>>

January 15, 2019

Ecuador recovers 13.5 million from Illicit Odebrecht – Prensa Latina

Authorities of the government of Ecuador assured on Monday that the country recovered 13.5 million dollars from illicit acts of the Brazilian company Odebrecht, for which it is investigated. Details were offered at a press conference by the private secretary of the presidency, Juan Sebastian Roldan, the undersecretary general of Political Action, Ivan Granda, and the director of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit, Diana Salazar. After several months of actions and negotiations, a written commitment has been obtained, by Mr. Mario Tomislav Granado, to consign to the Ecuadorian state, the value of 13.5 million dollars, that amounts to several transfers registered in his Telconet company, by Glory International, an offshore company, based in Hong Kong, Salazar said. Read more>>

January 14, 2019
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Ecuador denies Assange’s embassy conditions deteriorated – AFP

Ecuador on Friday denied media reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been made to sleep on the floor and denied heating at the country’s London embassy. In a statement, the presidency’s communication secretary dismissed the claims as “TOTALLY FALSE,” and said the embassy’s heating system “is working normally.” “No furniture has been removed from his room, which is accessed by an electronic key for his exclusive use,” the statement added. Assange, 47, has been living in the embassy since seeking refuge there in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault charges that have since expired. Read more>>

January 9, 2019

Two Former Officials to Be Tried in Ecuador – Prensa Latina

The Ecuadorian National Assembly will analyze on Tuesday some requests from the National Court of Justice to authorize trials against former Vice President Maria Alejandra Vicuña and former legislator Norma Vallejo, for alleged concussion. Vicuña and Vallejo are being investigated for supposedly having used their posts as legislators to ask for contributions, in own benefit to members of their work teams. The crime, according to the Penal Code, is punishable with three-to-five-year custodial sentences. Read more>>

January 8, 2019

Ecuador unveils ‘special examination’ of Assange’s asylum – Axis of Logic

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose courageous publication of leaked documents exposed the crimes and mass surveillance of the US and its allies, is facing a new threat to expel him from Ecuador’s London embassy. He was granted political asylum there in 2012 to protect him from being extradited to the US to face possible life imprisonment, or even execution, on trumped-up espionage or conspiracy charges. Having already cut off Assange’s internet access and communication with the outside world last March, in an effort to coerce him into leaving the embassy, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno has set in motion a pseudo-legal inquisition to provide a cover for his government to repudiate its asylum obligations. Read more>>

January 7, 2019

Lenín Moreno says he will ask the UN for help to investigate Correa’s “shameful” corruption – Ecuador Times

The Government of Ecuador will ask the United Nations to support an investigation into the situation of social security and hydroelectric, as it did in oil projects and whose results are “shameful,” said the country’s president, Lenin Moreno. In a message to the nation, the president said he has asked the United Nations to support an investigation into the situation in the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), because he suspects that there also “resources had been squandered”. Read more>>

January 4, 2019

Ecuador president demands probe into predecessor’s oil projects – Reuters

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno on Thursday asked the country’s prosecutor to probe $4.9 billion of oil-related infrastructure projects, alleging that the OPEC nation’s money was looted during the decade-long tenure of his leftist predecessor. Moreno said there were massive cost overruns, operational failings and non-transparent bidding processes at the five projects built during Rafael Correa’s presidency, including a $2.2 billion upgrade to the Esmeraldas refinery. “Nearly $5 billion of Ecuadoreans’ money, when it should have cost half that,” Moreno said in a national broadcast. “This theft of public funds cannot go unpunished.” Read more>>