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Ecuador: Prosecutor's Office investigates Lasso in connection with Pandora's papers

2021-10-21T23:28:49.452Z

The Ecuadorian Prosecutor's Office confirmed that it opened a previous investigation against Guillermo Lasso in connection with Pandora's papers.



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(CNN Spanish) -

The Ecuadorian Prosecutor's Office confirmed this Thursday to the press that on Monday it opened a preliminary investigation for "alleged tax fraud" against President Guillermo Lasso.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the previous investigation responds to a complaint filed by the former presidential candidate of the Pachacutik indigenous movement, Yaku Pérez, in relation to the Pandora Papers investigation, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), about businesses in tax havens of politicians, public officials and other figures.

Yaku Pérez insists that it is necessary for the Prosecutor's Office to investigate impartially, objectively, without affection and without disaffection so that Ecuador "knows the historical truth of the facts."

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Lasso has not yet ruled on the initiation of this preliminary investigation by the Prosecutor's Office.

CNN has asked the government's Communication Secretariat for a reaction on the opening of the file.

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Lasso's defense before the National Assembly

In a letter sent to the National Assembly's Constitutional Guarantees Commission on Wednesday, Lasso insisted that he has not evaded taxes and that his entire tax record is duly supported.

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The president affirmed in that letter that before being a presidential candidate, at least eight companies linked to him that operated in tax havens were "legally dissolved."

"All my income has been from Ecuadorian source and has been declared in Ecuador where I have paid all the legal taxes. I have not received any income from abroad," the president said in the letter.

Ecuadorian law prohibits a public official or a popularly elected candidate from having assets or capital in jurisdictions considered tax havens.

CNN has not done its own analysis of the statements and documents published by the ICIJ.

Having accounts in banks or offshore or "offshore" companies is not necessarily illegal.

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Guillermo Lassopapeles from Pandora

Source: cnnespanol

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