Corruption scandal in Ecuador: the minister who led the investigations in public companies resigned

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Luis Verdesoto resigns amid growing allegations of corruption dotting around President Guillermo Lasso

Corruption scandal in Ecuador: the minister leading investigations into public companies resigned

Luis Verdesoto, Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Public Policy of Ecuador, together with President Guillermo Lasso

Ecuador's Secretary of Public Anti-Corruption Policy, Luis Verdesoto, resigned this Monday from his position in the Government of Ecuador, at a time when the Prosecutor's Office is investigating an alleged network of corruption in public companies in the electricity sector.

In a statement, the General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency recalled that the Anti-Corruption Secretariat was created in order to design and implement public policies in the fight against corruption that have tangible results.

“It is a task that must be reinforced more than ever with greater depth, support and agility both in the diagnoses and in the suggested solutions,” he said in a statement.

And he added without further ado details: “We have decided to accept the resignation presented by Luis Verdesoto from his position”.

In a first report prepared by the Secretariat headed by Verdesoto on alleged acts of corruption committed in state-owned companies, hypotheses of the existence of alleged irregularities and illicit acts in companies such as the Ecuadorian Oil Fleet (Flopec) and the National Electricity Corporation (Cnel), among others, were detailed.

“Although Throughout the report, in several paragraphs, it is emphasized that the information provided is not in itself proof, the alleged 'modus operandi' that would have been used particularly in Cnel and Flopec is detailed,” reported Teleamazonas television.

Corruption scandal in Ecuador: the minister leading investigations into public companies resigned

Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

He explained that about Cnel, the document details that, by operating as a monopoly, corrupt groups would have been able to access and use privileged information for their own benefit.

It adds that the alleged corrupt group includes the team of technical and support areas, their area managers and the general manager, and indicates that it is presumed that the corrupt benefits are apparently collected and delivered in installments hypothetically ordered by the highest authority or trusted operators.

About Flopec, < b>the report highlights the existence of possible patterns of corruptionthat would be configured from the existence of the monopoly in transport, added to the alleged discretion in the management and operation of the company, and the apparent lack of effective control over its management and finances.

It details that Flopec operates with 12 cargo ships: 2 are owned by the company, 4 are rented and the remaining 6 are provided by a partner of the company.

The report indicates that Flopec incurs high expenses for renting the vessels: 30,000 dollars per day, compared to offers that do not exceed two thirds of that value, the television indicated.

Following the complaint by the digital media La Posta of an alleged corruption scheme involving public companies in which the president's brother-in-law, Danilo Carrera, is also allegedly involved, the head of state has denied that corruption has seeped into his government.

In an interview broadcast on a national channel, Lasso pointed out that the fact that a former official has fallen “into the temptation of earning ill-gotten money” cannot be generalized.

“A lo Most of all, what exists is an alleged act of corruption by a former government official,” he said, referring to the former president of the Public Companies Coordinating Company (EMCO) Hernán Luque, of whom audios have been released of alleged conversations with Rubén Cherres, another alleged implicated in the plot.

Corruption scandal in Ecuador: the minister leading investigations into public companies resigned

The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, and his brother-in-law, Danilo Carrera, who has been designated as the head of a corruption structure in the public companies of the country's electricity sector

Last Friday, the Prosecutor's Office led nine raids in the case called “Encuentro”, after the leak of the audios in La Posta, in which alleged members of that apparent plot point to Carrera as a supposed “godfather”.

These documents contain conversations attributed to Luque, and Leonardo Cortázar y Cherres. The latter goes so far as to mention an alleged payment of $30,000 a month “to Danilo”, according to the audio.

Lasso commented that he asked for Luque's departure from the Government at the end of last year, “ because I didn't feel confident”, and now he hopes that he will be located so that he can appear before the justice.

Carrera has rejected the denunciations of La Posta and has sued in court for compensation of 500,000 dollars to the journalist Andersson Boscán.

(With information from EFE)

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