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Recordings confirm President Lasso knew about corruption cases

Quito, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) La Posta online newspaper on Tuesday disclosed hearings confriming Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso was acquainted with corruption and drug trafficking cases in the South American country.

The recordings contain conversation between National Police Generals Giovanni Ponce and Mauro Vargas, who made up their minds to close the Gran Padrino report to avoid President Lasso being affected.

The report, the Prosecutor’s Office baptized as Caso Encuentro (Encounter Case), includes the possible Lasso´s links with alleged corruption network in public companies led by Danilo Carrera, Lasso’s brother-in-law, and known as El Gran Padrino.

In another recordings revealed by La Posta newspaper on Tuesday, former police commander Tannya Varela confirmed Lasso knew about the report on links between the Albanian mafia and his inner circle.

Assemblywoman Viviana Veloz, on the other hand, also condemned on Monday that President Lasso knew about acts of corruption in public companies a year ago.

According to Veloz, on March 22, 2022, the former manager of Empresa Pública Flota Petrolera Ecuatoriana (FLOPEC) Jhonny Estupiñán sent a letter to Lasso warning about corruption acts in this public company.

The document, said Veloz, also described several irregularities in some of the company’s contracts, and Estupiñán warned that all of FLOPEC’s freight agreements with foreign companies should be reviewed.

The corruption saga has weakened the Guillermo Lasso administration, who is on the verge of an impeachment trial for omitting crimes against state security and public administration.


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