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Fortune – Key Chevron witness describes alleged corruption in Ecuadorian courts

A key witness in Chevron’s racketeering trial against environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who won a $19 billion judgment against the oil giant in Lago Agrio, Ecuador in 2011, has testified to personal knowledge of corruption in the Ecuadorian courts stretching back decades.

“As a practicing attorney [between 1982 and 1995],” ex-judge Alberto Guerra Bastidas, a witness for Chevron, testified last week, “I on occasion bribed judges, including judges on the nation’s highest courts. And as a judge [from 1995 to 2008], I occasionally accepted bribes from litigants.” On cross-examination he estimated that he had participated in ten to 20 such bribes as an attorney, and ten to 20 more as a judge.

“Based on my own personal knowledge,” Guerra continued, “I know that … most other judges who served on the provincial court of Sucumbíos” — the rural, jungle province on Ecuador’s eastern border with Colombia, where the judgment against Chevron arose — “accepted bribes from litigants and attorneys.” He knew this, he said, both from conversations with those judges and from having, on some occasions, shared bribes with them while serving on three-judge appellate panels.




Falsified reporting of technical findings facilitated #Ecuador #fraud against Chevron, scientist for the #Ecuadorian plaintiffs testified: AmazonPost photo
Members of indigenous communities in the Amazon in Ecuador would like to know: What happened to the more than $20M reportedly raised on their behalf by now-disbarred NY lawyer Steven Donziger? #FollowtheMoney
#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:

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