Ecuadorian Attorney General to Prosecute President Correa’s Cousin for Illicit Enrichment

By: Karina Martín - May 16, 2017, 3:31 pm
Carlos Baca Mancheno, the new attorney general of Ecuador (Twitter).


Pedro Delgado, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa‘s cousin, will be tried for a criminal charge of illicit enrichment, according to Carlos Baca Mancheno, the new attorney general.

“I have asked the National Court to set a day and time for a hearing to explore the charges of illicit enrichment against Pedro Delgado,” Baca said.

Delgado, who is already facing bankruptcy proceedings, moved to the United States after falsifying academic degrees in order to exercise public office in 2012. He is currently also a fugitive from an eight year prison sentence which was handed down in April 2016.


During the conversation with the press in Quito, the prosecutor also referred to the Odebrecht case  and said he would be investigating the bribery scandals as a case of “transnational organized crime.”

“We are dealing here with transnational organized crime, just like in cases of weapons or human trafficking. Our resolve  is strong, and we will aggressively investigate the corruption in this case. We will get to the bottom of the mechanisms the company established in order to carry out this corruption plot,” he said.

Likewise, the official ordered the creation of a national unit to fight impunity and corruption.

“This unit will be composed of a professional team of the highest quality and greatest expertise, including prosecutors, analysts, technicians, and advisers, who will constitute an elite group within the Prosecutor’s Office who will lead the fight against all forms of corruption, and ensure transparency at the national level,” he said.

Baca also reported that there is a shortage of prosecutors in Ecuador. “There is a national shortage of 500 prosecutors due to budgetary matters, so we are going to allocate all necessary resources to make the prosecutorial offices operational.”

Sources: VistazoLa República

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Cuban Migrants Eye Mexico As U.S. Tightens Controls

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 16, 2017, 2:45 pm
Cuban Migrants

Español Between 2010 and 2016, the number of Cubans residing in Mexico increased by 560%, from 4,033 to 22,604. According to the North American Research Center, two-thirds of Cubans born on the island enter the United States through Mexican territory. Cubans arrive in Mexico by air, through the southern land border, or by sea by means of the Yucatan Peninsula, but those who do not reach their final destination, which is the United States, stay in Mexico in search of other options. Read More: Cubans Stranded by Repeal of "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy Seek Refuge in Canada Read More: Cuban Dissident Praises Trump, Calls to Reinstate "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" Policy "The Cuban population in Mexico has grown a lot. There are many Cubans in the hotel industry, there are even dancers," says Ciro Crombeo, a Cuban choreographer, who, like many Cubans, has been living in Mexico for nine years. Five years ago he married a Mexican and legalized his immigration status. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The first record of Cubans arriving in Mexico dates from the beginning of the past century, after Cuba gained independence, notes Liliana Martinez, coordinator and writer of the book Cubans in Mexico. However, a significant increase began in 1966, when a Cuban adjustment law also known as the "Wet Foot, Dry Foot" policy was issued allowing the islanders to obtain permanent residence in the United States upon arrival in that territory by sea or land. In the nearly 50 years that the Cuban adjustment policy was in force, an estimated 1,200,000 Cubans left the island, in the process greatly increasing their numbers passing through Mexican territory. Between 2001 and 2016, an estimated 33,000 Cubans were detained in Mexico, of whom 5,000 were deported, meaning that only 17% were eventually repatriated to Cuba. "Panama and Ecuador are going through the same situation that we are in Mexico. After ending the wet foot, dry foot policy, a bottleneck has formed in the Central America region. The immigration phenomenon will continue because Cubans want to leave their country in search of a better life and both economic and political freedom," says Ivan Hernández, secretary general of the Cuban Trade Union Association. Mexico is no longer considered merely a transit route for thousands of Cuban migrants trying to reach the United States, it has become a final destination. Source: El Universal

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