The assemblyman, Elio Peña, from the Pachakutik movement and who acts in the National Integration Bank (BIN), was appointed president of the restructured Audit Commission, says that the impeachment against the president of the Cpccs, Christian Cruz, will continue, but warns that if the Constitutional Court agrees with two plaintiffs who filed a claim of unconstitutionality, there is a risk of a legal argument for nullity by the accused.
What will make the Audit Commission different from the one you are replacing today?
The eleven assembly members of the commission will guarantee the fight against corruption, transparency, without political biases that justice and above all public ethics and morals shine. We are looking at the possibility that the trials will not remain in the committee, even if it is with an unfavorable report that they go to the plenary session of the Assembly.
What rule will they abide by so that all reports on the trials go to plenary?
Beyond a rule, common sense, legal logic and the raison d’être of the plenary session of the National Assembly would apply, because it cannot happen again that six assembly members supplant the decision of a plenary session of 137 legislators.
You say that you will go to fight corruption, but among the members of the commission are assembly members linked to investigative processes at the Attorney General’s Office?
We have to proclaim the principle of innocence, but also within the framework of respect for the functions of the State, the Judicial Branch has to do its job, no matter who falls.
Do you say that the principle of innocence should be proclaimed, that same principle was respected by the previous members of the Commission?
I think the straw that broke the camel’s back was the issue of the two assembly members (Eliseo Azuero and Daniel Mendoza), one is a fugitive from justice and the other is in preventive custody, and that triggered a bond among some.
Do you initiate an audit task amid unconstitutional lawsuits that question the legality of the restructuring, what happens if the Constitutional Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs?
I will be respectful of the decision made by the Constitutional Court, that is the spirit that must carry all assembly members, and we will be aware of that.
The trial against the president of the Cpccs, Christian Cruz is ongoing, but if the Court rules against the restructuring does it put the trial process at risk?
They put us in a dilemma because the terms and deadlines for the trial are running, we have to operationalize it.
But, is there a risk that the trial may be annulled or the defendant may appeal for annulment?
Indeed, there may be some legal argument for this dilemma, but let’s hope not. We are going to follow the process regardless of what the Court may decide, the first mission is to finish that process, we have to make it operational.
When does the commission meet to define dates and deadlines for the evidence for the prosecution and discharge in the trial against the president of the Cpccs?
There is an established schedule and for this we will meet this Thursday at 4:00 p.m., but on Monday we will have a general report from the commission and on that, open a roadmap that allows to establish a programmatic agenda of priorities for the next quarter.
In your opinion, what do you think is the emerging thing to investigate from the Commission that you preside, apart from the impeachment requests?
There are relevant and important things such as the announcement of the monetization of some public companies as well as the sale of the bank of the Pacific, the Esmeraldas refinery. We will not have time, since the processes of mining concessions must also be investigated.
How to avoid that the commission does not fall into an electoral agenda, when the country is immersed in a campaign and political revenge is afloat?
It is something subjective that I would like not to happen, at least on my part that will not exist. I have invited the members of the commission to act more objectively in the case and without political biases and to do justice. (I)