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May 9, 2017

4PLegatos: What if Lenin Moreno did what he says? – Ecuador Times

A State of welfare like Uruguay: Lenin Moreno points toward that direction. Some of his neighbors who know that Rafael Correa is currently making a lot of noise to cover the renovating messages of Moreno, state this. Everyone knows that these promises produce skepticism. That the country that has suffered ten years under the mandate of correism seems more inclined to suppose that Moreno is a hostage of Correa. And instead of a change, there will be more of the same. Therefore, they say they are willing to produce unilateral signs that prove that Moreno, far from being a wimp, he will produce a sharp change. Read more>>

May 8, 2017

Colombia delivered to Ecuador 700,000 files extracted from computers seized from Odebrecht – EcuadorTimes

Yesterday Colombian Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez handed over to his Ecuadorian counterpart, Galo Chiriboga, 700,000 files that were found on seven computers seized during the two raids conducted at Odebrecht’s offices in Guayaquil and Quito on December 23, and January 11 of this year. On February 24, the Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s Office had requested Colombia its collaboration in the processing of 12 million files found in the computers. Read more>>

May 5, 2017

Rafael Correa Secures State Protection for Himself – Ecuador Times

President Rafael Correa will sign an executive decree that grants him protection for a year or more, depending on the risk to which he is exposed. This is because the safety of senior officials is “a strategic objective of the State.” Executive Decree 1369 states: “Providing protection and security to the former presidents and vice-presidents of the Republic, their spouses and children, for periods of one year or six months, respectively, the terms that may be shortened or extended on the basis of the risk report that shall be submitted for this purpose.” Read more>>

May 4, 2017

A trial in the Petroecuador Case – Ecuador Times

Yesterday the judge of Pichincha Patricio Baño decided to summon the former managers of Petroecuador Marco C. and Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli; The former oil management advisor Arturo E., and Diego T., former Logistics Manager of the state oil company, foralleged organized crime. The oral ruling of the case occurred during the reinstatement of the preparatory hearing, which was suspended early last Saturday after an abstention in favor of contractors Jose O. and Eduardo V., and the sentence of 40 months in jail for Alex B.,former manager of Petroecuador. Read more>>

May 3, 2017

Ecuador Politicians Are Forgetting They Work for the People, Not the Other Way Around – PanAm Post

Ecuador is undergoing hectic days. After the ruling party’s presidential candidate, Lenin Moreno, won the election, the future is uncertain. In this context, one of Ecuador’s biggest problems is the clear absence of the rule of law. It has no effective rules that limit the abuse of political power. April 19, a hearing was held by State Comptroller General Carlos Polit against nine members of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The Comptroller required each of the nine members to pay US $100,000 and go to prison between six months and two years for slandering the Comptroller in a complaint about possible excess land pricing. Read more>> 

May 2, 2017

Freedom of the press organizations warn of dark situation for journalism in Latin America- Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

2016 was a critical year for the exercise of journalism in the world, according to the annual reports of three international organizations that promote freedom of expression and the press. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its initials in French) and Freedom House of Washington, D.C. published their respective ranks of press freedom levels and conditions for journalism in the world, while the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which is based in New York City, launched an analysis of attacks on journalists in the past year. In Latin American territory, the situation is no better than in previous years. Twelve countries in the region are in the lower half of the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, six of which – Peru, Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, Honduras and Cuba – fell at least one from the previous year. Read more>>

May 1, 2017

Former Correa Minister Did, In Fact, Receive Odebrecht Bribes – PanAm Post

Alecksey Mosquera, Ecuador’s energy minister between 2007 and 2009, allegedly received a one million dollar bribe from Odebrecht for a contract to build the Toachi-Pilatón hydroelectric plant. According to the available information, the payment was in order to boost Odebrecht’s chances of winning a major infrastructure contract, a fact that had been denied by outgoing president Rafael Correa. Read more>>

April 28, 2017

Ecuador Government Seeks Ban on Exit Polls after Disputed Elections – PanAm Post

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador, Juan Pablo Pozo, announced that it will prohibit the early dissemination of exit polls. “From now on, no figures can be given, until the institutions have given them first, otherwise it generates unnecessary speculation by the people,” suggested the president of the CNE. Read more>>

April 27, 2017
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Human Rights Foundation Condemns Persecution of Independent Press in Ecuador – PanAm Post

On Wednesday, The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemned the administrative and judicial processes used as a means to silence independent media, opposition members, and pollsters after the Ecuadorian presidential elections. The aforementioned organization is referencing the sanctions imposed by the Superintendence of Information and Communication (Supercom) on seven media outlets, since they did not publish a report from an Argentinian newspaper that accused opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso of “illicit enrichment.” Read more>>

April 26, 2017

Ecuador Requests European Bank to Freeze Ex-Minister’s Alleged Odebrecht Bribes – PanAm Post

The Ecuadorian prosecutor’s office has asked a European bank to seize and return some USD $325,000 related to alleged corruption by Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant. The European bank BPA, located in the principality of Andorra, is the financial institution in which USD $920,000 was deposited in an account held by the former Minister of Electricity, Alecksey Mosquera and USD $80,000 in the name of a businessman identified only as Marcelo E. Read more>>

April 26, 2017

An informer is the owner of a company that paid bribes in Ecuador – Ecuador Times

The Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s Office identified the Klienfeld Consulting Corp as the company responsible for transferring bribes paid by the Odebrecht. This offshore company, based in Panama and represented by Mossack Fonseca, is owned by RicardoTrombeta, one of the informers of the Lava Jato case. But bribes paid to Latin American officials were also made through two other offshore companies based in Antigua and Barbuda. These companies are Constructora Internacional del Sur and Consorcio Iirsa Norte. Those names appear in the file opened by the Paraná Prosecutor’s Office (Brazil) after the Lava Jato operation. 77 executives of Odebrecht are investigated in that city. Read more>>

April 25, 2017
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Correa Ex-Minister First Arrest in Ecuador’s Odebrecht Scandal – PanAm Post

On Saturday, April 22nd, the Ecuadorian justice system ordered a 90-day pre-trial detention for former minister of electricity, Alecksey Mosquera. Alecksey Mosquera is accused of receiving bribes worth USD $1 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht for the Toachi-Pilaton dam contract. The former minister is the first Ecuadorian detainee for the case involving the Brazilian construction giant, along with another person identified as Marcelo Endara, who was subject to house arrest due to his advanced age. Read more>>