January 25, 2021

They denounce a former minister of Ecuador for the plot of a murder with the narco "Gerald"

An ex-Ecuadorian Assemblyman denounced on Tuesday before the State Attorney General the former Interior Minister José Serrano for allegedly "devising a structured plan to assassinate him" for a case related to Edison Washington Prado Álava, aka "Gerald", detained since 2018 in the US .

The former Assemblyman in question, from the center-left party Fuerza Ecuador (FE), is Luigi García Cano, a lawyer by profession and whom Serrano allegedly asked to represent "Gerald", considered the "Ecuadorian Pablo Escobar", after his arrest in Colombia in April of 2017.

At the doors of the Prosecutor's Office, García told the media that he "met" Pepe "Serrano in a hotel suite that was rented (in Quito) specifically to address the issue of assuming the defense of" Gerald ", which he did for about three months until replaced.

The complainant argued that Serrano devised a plan to assassinate him, with the help of collaborators of the jailed "Gerald", for having made known "to certain people this fact (the meeting)" and that "he was incremented so as not to disclose" his celebration.

"That's why I make it public today. Not only in the face of the imminent threat of death, but of (the existence of) a structured plan with hitmen from the city of Manta to assassinate me," he said.

"Gerald" is a prominent Ecuadorian drug dealer who was arrested in Ipiales (Colombia) in 2017 and in February 2018 he was extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the traffic of 250 tons of cocaine along the Pacific routes .

According to García, the whole case "reveals the links with the drug trafficking of José Serrano", one of the strong men of the Rafael Correa regime as Minister of the Interior between 2011 and 2016.

The alleged relations with drug trafficking of who was also president of the National Assembly between 2017 and 2018 have been commented informally in Ecuador, but so far they have not been tried before the courts.

Serrano, now an assembly member of Alianza País, the party of President Lenín Moreno, has also been denounced for a possible participation, directly or indirectly, in the attempt to cover up the kidnapping in Colombia in 2012 of opposition politician Fernando Balda.

Through his Twitter account, Serrano responded to the complaint by urging "Justice" to "do his job", because he "is not intimidated by drug traffickers or their lawyers or their henchmen."

"The information I will deliver to the country will show what is behind all this hoax and millions of dollars," he announced.

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