The Ecuadorian public prosecutor’s office has brought charges against the mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, of alleged embezzlement of funds in the case of the purchase of PCR tests to detect the coronavirus.
Along with him, 13 other people who were also involved in the crime were charged, according to the prosecutor. “Case of the PCR Quito Evidence: The Ecuadorian prosecutor’s position against the 14 defendants is based on around 400 bodies and more than 80 elements of conviction,” said the prosecutor.
In a preparatory hearing in Pichincha, Quito, the provincial prosecutor Alberto Santillán alleged, according to the newspaper “El Comercio”, that Yunda was the “mediator of the embezzlement crime”.
With that in mind, it showed that the mayor was aware of the hiring process and had prepared the “essential conditions” for then Minister of Health Lenín Mantilla to sign a $ 4.2 million contract for the purchase of reagents. PCR by removing the maximum recruitment caps previously set for public entities that were $ 2.9 million.
He also accused the current Minister of Health, Ximena Abarca, and the secretariat’s technical coordinator, Linda Guamán, for knowing that the tests supplied by the contractor were RT Lamp, not PCR, and that “they did not meet the requirements Technical specifications stipulated in the contract “.
According to the prosecutor, the mayor ordered the validation of the test marks by looking for “various public and private laboratories with which to convince themselves that they were suitable for the pandemic”.
For Yunda’s attorney Juan Pablo Albán, the prosecution “did not introduce anything new about what he raised at the February 16 hearing”.