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Searches in Quito and Guayaquil for the INA Papers case

Searches in Quito and Guayaquil for the INA Papers case

Accounting and financial information of companies that would be involved in the diversion of resources in favor of former President Lenín Moreno was found.

This Friday, February 11, 2022, personnel from the Prosecutor’s Office and the National Police carried out raids on several buildings in Quito and Guayaquil related to the INA Papers case.

The operation is part of a previous investigation, for the alleged crime of bribery that would have been committed between the years 2010 to 2018.

During the raids, carried out at noon today in several companies, documents and electronic equipment were seized that would contain accounting information, whose existence was denied to the Prosecutor’s Office, and which will be analyzed within this investigation.

The operation was possible thanks to information received through international criminal assistance requested since 2019.

People close to the family circle of former President Lenín Moreno would be involved in the INA Papers case, who left Ecuador for Miami in August 2021 and has not returned to the country, despite saying he would leave for three months.

Specifically, the Prosecutor’s Office handles the hypothesis that, through the offshore company INA Investment, goods were purchased for the apartment in which Moreno lived in Geneva and that the money used would be linked to one of Sinohydro’s contractors, Conto Patiño Martinez.

The Chinese transnational Sinohydro was in charge of building the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric plant and, as part of a parallel investigation, The Supervisory Commission of the Assembly was able to determine that, during the management of the former deputy comptroller, Pablo Celi, glosses for $295 million that were set to Sinohydro for the construction of this hydroelectric plant vanished.

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