Ecuador President Rafael Correa has vowed to resign if Chevron can prove that his government interfered with the case against the American Oil Company in Ecuador, according to IndustryWeek.com.
“Let Chevron prove that the government interfered in the judgment, and I will resign my post,” President Correa said Tuesday at a news conference in Guayaquil. “The legal case is closed. The courts have spoken. We have never been mixed up in this case,” the combative leader said.
If that’s the case, President Correa should get out of office immediately. And it should be said that the only courts to speak in Ecuador’s favor have been its own.
Correa must explain this meeting with lead plaintiff’s lawyer Steven Donziger as reported in Steven’s diary:
The meeting with Correa had one good point – it happened – and many bad points. First,
three people have tried to take credit for setting it up-Lupita, MEY, and Juan Aulestia
of all things (Juan is so full of shit sometimes). This is a perfect illustration of the utter immaturity and lack of cohesion on our team. The entire thing was chaotic and
unprofessional – multiple people from our office dealing with different contacts; the fact that Lupita and MEY were there, and Pablo was not invited; and the idiotic comments
made after by Minister Alban, that the government is committed to helping us with the
proof. Texaco has not filed a motion before Sand asking to supplement the record with
this information, and this has breathed new life into their position in the NY litigation.
Met with judge in Lago on April 10 – flew down on VIP, back by mid-day. Met in
empty warehouse near his house, across from the TAME office in Lago Agrio. He
seemed very agitated. Said we were not helping him. Richard needed to be inscrito, but
not really. Pablo explained it to me – new law passed, required peritos to be inscribed in the court, but nobody had done it yet, and to hold firm to this new rule would be
ridiculous, as it would mean there could be no peritos at all in Ecuador and all of those
who had served in our trial would be nullified.
Since the definition of “interfere” is to “take part in or intervene” the diary proves that Correa took part in the case, starting with that meeting. There’s also the finding that his own court allowed Donziger to introduce his own false “expert witness” reports to make the fraudulent claim that Chevron, rather than Petroecuador, was responsible for pollution in the Amazon.
If Correa is serious, he should pack his bags, now.
Stay tuned for more.