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The Ecuadorian State Attorney General's Office (FGE) installed this Friday the hearing to formulate charges against former President Lenín Moreno and 36 other people for allegedly committing the crime of bribery in the Sinohydro case.


Ecuadorian Prosecutor's Office will prosecute former president Lenín Moreno

The hearing will be held from 10:00 a.m. (local time) at the headquarters of the National Court of Justice (CNJ), in Quito, after two deferrals that took place the day before.

The former Public Ministry brought charges against the former president; his wife, Rocío González; his daughter Ina Moreno; his brothers, Edwin and Guillermo; his sisters-in-law, Jaquelina V. and Martha G; his friends, Conto Patiño and Xavier Macías; as well as the former Chinese ambassador to Ecuador, Cai Runguo.

Although the investigation began in 2019, on February 22, the FGE began the process against Moreno and the other 36 defendants as part of the case initially known as "Ina Papers."

The legal process investigates the alleged network of corruption around the construction in Ecuador of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric project, executed by the Chinese company Sinohydro, when the accused allegedly received around 76 million dollars in bribes.

According to the FGE, the bribes would represent approximately 4 percent of the value contracted for the work, which was almost 2,000 million dollars; although its implementation required 2,245 million.

The accusations are based on the fact that the bribes, finally canceled through gifts, checks and transfers, were delivered by Sinohydro and made viable by third parties, who used a false image of consulting and representation services.

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