Ecuadorian legislators will investigate the links between drug trafficking and political corruption in the country

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This was announced by the assemblyman and president of the Congress Oversight Commission, Fernando Villavicencio

Legislators Ecuadorians will investigate the links between drug trafficking and political corruption in the country

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Yalilé LoaizaFrom Quito

Ecuadorian legislators will investigate links between drug trafficking and political corruption in the country

Legislators collect information on links between cartels that operate in Ecuador and political corruption. (EFE/José Jácome)

A new commission is formed in the National Assembly of Ecuador. This is a group of fifteen legislators who met in a committee for the investigation of drug traffickingand about the links between this criminal activity and the country's political corruption, present even in the legislative power itself, in politicians from previous governments as well as in acting representatives.

The commission includes legislators from the indigenist Pachakutik movement, from the ruling National Accord Bank, and independent assembly members. In the commission there are no members of the Union for Hope, the Christian Socialist Party or the Democratic Left, political organizations, for the moment, related to Correismo within the legislative body.

The group, headed by legislators Fernando Villavicencio, currently president of the Oversight Commission and Ricardo Vanegas, member of the Justice Commission, assures that approval is not necessary of the plenary session of the Ecuadorian Congress to form a commission to investigate drug trafficking and drug policy.

Ecuadorian legislators will investigate the links between drug trafficking and political corruption in the country

Legislator Fernando Villavicencio, known for investigating corruption during Correismo, leads the group of assembly members who will investigate political action in relation to drug cartels.

This legislative group will start its activities requesting information from the Embassy of the United States in Ecuador on the cases of generals, police and military personnel, lawyers, judges and legislators, as well as other politicians, whom their US visa was withdrawn due to their alleged links to drug trafficking.

Villavicencio said that the commission is effectively constituted and that there are no legal reasons to prevent its operation. He assured that the investigations will analyze the origin of the funds that have financed the presidential campaigns of the last fifteen years and that he will reopen the study of the reports on the Angostura case, the financing of campaigns with resources from of drug trafficking and the FARC, which will retrieve WikiLeaks reports on corruption in the country and reports on explosive attacksto a radar installed in an area with high circulation of drug planes in Montecristi, province of Manabí.

Furthermore, the Attorney General's Office has been asked for information on the status of the cases in which drug trafficking and organized crime are investigated, to observe the actions of judges and prosecutors who could be protecting drug traffickers.

Ecuadorian legislators will investigate the links between drug trafficking and political corruption in the country

Three car bombs exploded in Santo Domingo, 152 kilometers of Quito, during the last week where a series of attacks occurred in various cities of the country. (Cupsfire)

According to the spokespersons for the legislative group, the committee will examine the reasons for the insecurity in the streets and prisons, as well as their links with transnational drug criminal organizations.

Several issues were raised, such as the request for information from the State Attorney General, Diana Salazar, the request for information to the US embassy, ​​​​on the withdrawal of visas and the commitment to work with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the Department of Justice also from the US. The committee will be open to legislators who wish to participate in the research.

During the presentation to the media, Fernando Villavicencio, president of the Oversight Commission of the National Assembly, assured that there is a link between violence, drug trafficking and the democratic destabilization of Ecuador and that “as legislators we want to condemn this new attempt, taking advantage of the intentions of fragility and violence generated by drug cartels that use prisons to dictate orders and generate violence and terror as drug trafficking did in Colombia and Mexico, of scavenger politicians who took advantage of this situation to knock on the doors of barracks and try to remove President Guillermo Lasso.”

Ecuadorian legislators will investigate the links between drug trafficking and political corruption in the country

In June 2022, Ecuador experienced 18 days of upheaval Social. In the midst of the protests, the opposition majority of the government, led by Correismo, tried to remove President Guillermo Lasso.

He added that “in June of this year the social revolt tried to create destabilizing conditions, of chaos, to apply the cross death established in the Constitution. This happened when the National Police and the Prosecutor's Office dealt a lethal blow to one of the largest criminal cartels in the country: the Jalisco New Generation Cartel”.

The “Cross death”, known as such by public opinion, is the early dissolution of the representative powers of the state according to a set of grounds established in the Constitution.