Editorial / Commentary / Opinion
Gustavo Coronel : The Ecuador-Texaco trial
Chevron presenting strong evidence of government corruption
Chevron has just released yet another set of evidence ( Chevron Post video...) concerning a bribe plot involving the judge of the cause, Juan Nuñez, plus a close adviser of president Rafael Correa. On the basis of this new evidence Chevron is requesting Ecuadorian authorities that an investigation into the bribery scheme should include the possible involvement of Correa’s legal adviser Alexis Mera in the plot and an investigation into the relationship between judge Nuñez and the court designated expert Richard Cabrera. Chevron presented new evidence including information on a Galveston, Texas bank account said to be used “to hold bribery payments”.
Chevron is also requesting an investigation on how the [bribe] payments would be distributed, if at all, among the court, the presidency and third parties.
These new findings by Chevron suggest that a decision by this court, based on the findings of expert Cabrera, and accepting the manner in which the trial has been conducted would constitute an enormous legal, international fraud.
Gustavo Coronel is a 28 years oil industry veteran, a member of the first board of directors (1975-1979) of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), author of several books. At the present Coronel is Petroleumworld associate editor and advisor on the opinion and editorial content of the site. Petroleumworld does not necessarily share these views. Petroleumworld not necessarily share these views.
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Petroleumworld News 09/09/03
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