The Ecuadorian government minister Gabriel Martínez has reported that the cause of death of former presidential secretary José Augusto Briones in prison was suicide according to the conclusions of the forensic medical report of the Ecuadorian police.
According to the information Martínez shared through his Twitter social network account, the authorities’ report found that Briones, who has been in custody since April 14, is in death custody as part of a corruption case.
The Ecuadorian attorney general in charge of the investigation has reported that two public prosecutors are working in the case who have so far been collecting evidence and conducting preliminary interviews collected by the El Universo newspaper.
The body of Briones, one of the 14 defendants in the Las Torres case, was found on Sunday at around 1:10 p.m. local time in his cell in Prison 4 north of Quito.
Along with Briones, his brother Luis Adolfo, control officer Pablo Celi and brother Esteban were arrested for possible organized crime because they belonged to an organization that collected bribes in exchange for the investigation file in the controller’s office and expedited the payment of drafts of contracts. They are all interned in the same prison.
The case involves officials from the Comptroller’s Office, Petroecuador and the Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, corporate shareholders and other citizens.