The forbidden book of the narco Oscar Caranqui that makes ex-president Rafael Correa uncomfortable

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He wrote it in prison and denounced alleged acts of corruption and links between Correísmo and the Colombian guerrilla and drug trafficking. The 10,000 copies of it were then confiscated by order of a judge. But almost a decade later, the text has begun to be revealed on social networks

The forbidden book of the drug lord Oscar Caranqui that makes ex-president Rafael Correa uncomfortable

Óscar Caranqui was an Ecuadorian drug trafficker. His fortune was valued at USD 4 million. (Ecuavisa)

As if numerology played an important role in the unsolved deaths, at 1 pm on June 13, 2013, Óscar Caranqui, a drug trafficker EcuadorianHeld in the maximum security La Roca prison in Guayaquil, he was assassinated with several shots in the prison yard. Caranqui's death came five months after authorities seized 10,000 copies of a book Caranqui wrote in prison that revealed, among other things, corruption in prisons and alleged links between Colombian guerrillas and Ecuador's then-president. Everything happened in the government of Rafael Correa.

Nine years after his death, a Twitter account called “Narcos Ecuador” began to spread photographs of the pages of one of Caranqui's books that survived Correista state censorship.

But who was Óscar Caranqui and why did his book make power uncomfortable?

Caranqui was a famous drug trafficker and He had been in prison since April 2005 for the crimes of drug trafficking , drug trafficking and murder.

The forbidden book by drug trafficker Oscar Caranqui that makes ex-president Rafael Correa uncomfortable

Óscar Caranqui was convicted of drug trafficking, drug trafficking and murder. (El Diario)

According to the special Survivors of Plan V, on June 22, 2004, the police seized 11 properties between estates and mansions belonging to front men in Caranqui, as well as 19 vehicles, a motorcycle, several firearms, cell phones, and more than USD 131,500. The authorities calculated that the capo's fortune was USD 4 million and he was accused of being the intellectual author of four crimes.

That same year, in 2014, the Colombian authorities arrested Caranqui at a club in Bogotá, Colombia. The Ecuadorian was carrying a Venezuelan passport and after his arrest he was handed over to the Ecuadorian authorities. For this reason, in April 2005 he was taken to prison.

Caranqui was sentenced to 16 years in prison for drug trafficking and for the murder of a judge's secretary, according to < i>Plan V. He was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking. Caranqui was confined in the old García Moreno prison in Quito and then transferred to La Roca, a maximum security prison in Guayaquil.< /p>

During his sentence at La Roca, Caranqui wrote a book called La Roca, Cemetery of Living Men. The text that Caranqui wrote contained allegations of corruption that involved senior government officials.

The forbidden book by drug trafficker Oscar Caranqui that makes ex-president Rafael Correa uncomfortable

Cover of the book that Óscar Caranqui wrote from the La Roca maximum security prison and whose copies were later confiscated. (Narcos Ecuador)

In accordance with Plan V, the book pointed out “the corruption inside the prison, trafficking b> of drugs, murders, tortures, limited supply of foodand cleaning supplies, a situation that, supposedly, was known to senior officials from the Ministries of the Interior and Justice.”

Caranqui printed 10,000 copies of his book, but they were never distributed. .

On January 30, 2013, a judge of the Pichincha Judicial Unit for Criminal Guarantees ordered that Caranqui's books be confiscated.

The judge justified her decision because the authorities presumed that the book “contains a series of insulting expressions, photographs and statements that would mainly affect the rights of citizens (…) as well as several of the authorities and other officials of the national government, including the Constitutional President of the Republic, State Ministers and other public officials,” according to picked up Plan V.

Five months after that court decision, Caranqui was shot downInside the maximum security prison. The authorities assured that the prisoner who killed Caranqui had received threats against his family from the drug trafficker.

The forbidden book of the narco Oscar Caranqui that makes the ex-president Rafael Correa uncomfortable

The murderer of Caranqui was found hanged in his cell, in the Litoral Penitentiary, in September 2022. (REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino)

The man who killed Caranqui appeared hanged in his cell, in September 2022, at the Litoral Penitentiary, in Guayaquil.

Caranqui's death shot several hypotheses about the fact. Some claimed that it was a way to justify a possible escape and others argued that the drug trafficker was sentenced by “government orders”.

The forbidden book

Although the 10,000 copies were confiscated, there are a couple that have been rescued and that have circulated through few hands.

Recently, an account called Narcos Ecuador spreads some of extracts from the book.

The book mentions the brothers Ostaiza who, according to the extracts, would have been the link between Rafael Correa and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia(FARC), which, according to various complaints, would have financed the campaign of the former Ecuadorian president.

The forbidden book of the narco Oscar Caranqui that makes the ex-president Rafael Correa uncomfortable

Page 265 of the book by Óscar Caranqui where the conversation between the drug trafficker and the Ostaiza brothers about the Angostura case is detailed. (Narcos Ecuador)

As can be seen in one of the photos shared by the Twitter account, in a conversation between Caranqui and the Ostaiza brothers, the men talk about a video of what happened in Angostura , when Colombian forces entered Ecuadorian territory and bombed, in 2008, a FARC camp.

The last week of October of this year, Francisco Santos, former vice president of Colombia, in a televised interview, justified the measure and assured that it had to be carried out in this way, even violating the territorial space of a sovereign country because the one who governed was Rafael Correa, president who refused to classify the FARC as terrorist organization. Santos assured that it was impossible to request the participation of the Ecuadorian government because “the FARC were already under the authorization of (Rafael) Correa. Correa knew that the FARC was there (in Angostura). If we told Correa that we were going to bomb, well, Correa warned them beforehand. That possibility did not exist then.”

In an excerpt from the book, one of the Ostaiza brothers assures that the video can make “government heads roll and Correa (can) stop power”.

The forbidden book of the narco Oscar Caranqui that bothers the ex-president Rafael Correa

Page 111 of Óscar Caranqui's book where he reveals that the Minister of Justice was not telling the truth about the conditions of the prisoners in the La Roca prison. (Narcos Ecuador).

Also, in one of the pages that has been released, Caranqui describes the precarious conditions in which the prisoners lived, while the then Minister of Justice did interviews in different media communication presenting another reality: “He appears in all the media as “savior of the country”, saying that this is a super modern prison, where we lack nothing. According to him, here we have a swimming pool, a TV room, a library, a state-of-the-art medical department… and a number of crazy things that I don't know where he got from”.

The former director of Social Rehabilitation, Alexandra Zumárraga, who met Óscar Caranqui while she was in office, posted on her Twitter account that the drug trafficker “was not a mentally stable person and less in their last years of life”. According to Zumárraga, “many of the assertions that are in her book are nothing more than part of her imagination of hers. Check her record. Murder, drug trafficking, escapes, etc.”

There is no doubt that, almost 10 years after his murder, the death of Caranqui continues to raise suspicions, especially considering that justice prevented his book, which involved the ministers and other correísmo officials, circulate.

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