Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ecuador: Anti-corruption minister resigns amid crisis

QUITO ( Associated Press) – Luis Verdesotto, secretary of public anti-corruption policy, resigned Monday amid allegations and an investigation into an alleged corruption scandal in the state’s electricity sector that involves a brother-in-law of President Guillermo Lasso and the executive Credibility is waning.

The Communications Secretary of the Presidency, in a statement, confirmed the official’s resignation and qualified that anti-corruption work and public policies on the subject “should be strengthened more than ever” with greater depth, support and agility in diagnosis. and suggested solutions.

Venezuelan journalist Anderson Boscan – who has lived in Ecuador since childhood – from the digital media La Posta, denounced two weeks ago that public officials had requested large sums of money to allegedly benefit Danilo Carrera, Lasso’s brother-in-law.

The aforementioned, who rejected the journalistic investigation and demanded that evidence be given in which he was involved, launched a legal claim against the journalist for compensation of moral damage for $ 500,000.

Following the journalistic revelations, Boscan warned that threats painted on the walls appeared around his office and he replied that he was not afraid to go to court.

The government has ordered police to track down those in national territory or abroad, including Hernán Luque, a former power sector official, and his alleged accomplice Ruben Chérez.

Verdesotto’s departure coincides with the disclosure by La Posta of a new audio file where the voices of Carrera and Chérez are allegedly talking about the appointment of Minister of State, although they do not give names or other details.

Verdesotto became secretary of public anti-corruption policy in early May last year.

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