The new ambassador of Ecuador in Spain, Pascual del Cioppo, has assured OKDIARIO in a telephone conversation that the president of the Andean country, Guillermo Lasso, has ordered to hide the payments that the Government of Rafael Correa made to Kinema, the Podemos cooperative. This newspaper reveals today the conversation held with the Ecuadorian diplomat in which he details how he has gone from initiating an investigation for the payments to paralyzing it to “Don’t create a problem” neither Pedro Sánchez nor Pablo Iglesias’ party.
As OKDIARIO has published, the Correa Government paid 394,000 euros to Kinema, the cooperative founded by Podemos deputy Rafael Mayoral, for providing legal advice on evictions to Ecuadorians residing in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Murcia. Some payments that were made, at least, between the years 2013 and 2014 through the Embassy of Ecuador in Spain.
“President Lasso is aware of all contracts with Kinema”, begins by confessing Del Cioppo. And then he details how they have ordered him to silence the assemblyman Esteban Torres, which registered a petition in the National Assembly of Ecuador (equivalent in Spain to the Congress of Deputies) for the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Mauricio Montalvo, to make the contracts public.
“I have already spoken with Torres because we are not interested in making more trouble than already exists because as long as the coalition government is maintained it is a problem for us. Not because the Sánchez government has anything to do with this, but we can and it is part of the government. That is why it seems to us that it is out of place that we are adding more fuel to the fire. We know that this issue can bring problems to the Government of Sánchez with his ally and we do not want that to happen. You have to know how to respect, ”says Del Cioppo.
And he continues: “The chancellor is not going to… Deputy Torres has already been spoken to and he is a person very close to Vox. It is part of the Madrid Agreement. And he did it because he is very close to the leaders of Vox. And possibly they have been the ones who have asked him to do so. But I have already spoken with him (to cancel the investigation request), I have explained it to him and he understood. I told: ‘Look, those of Vox, instead of helping us, they are hurting us’. They are trying to create an incident. And it’s not okay. We have nothing against the Government of Sánchez, quite the opposite ”.
From investigating payments … to silencing them
A mysterious change in trend, since it was Del Cioppo himself who, in an interview on Ecuadorian public television, assured that the Embassy of Ecuador in Spain had diverted money to illegally finance Pablo Iglesias’ party. He also said that part of that amount was being charged directly by Irene Montero, Minister of Equality. However, he now admits that it was a mistake to make those accusations.
“That was mentioned because at that moment the journalist handed me a huge amount of stationery and obviously 10 or 15 minutes before going on the air, you don’t have time to read 80 or 100 pages of a topic that, to begin with, you didn’t even understand well. , and some names were mentioned. It is true that some were true and others were not ”, he confesses. He also assures that he never had the evidence to support his accusations. “The contracts are in the Chancellery. I’ve never had them “, said.
With these statements, Del Cioppo once again pronounces himself – already as a diplomat – on the policy of the country in which he will represent Ecuador despite the fact that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to which he is subjected categorically prohibits him from “meddling in the internal affairs” of Spain.
An ‘offshore’ in Panama
For more inri, this newspaper has discovered that the future ambassador of Ecuador in Spain allegedly used his wife in the middle of the pandemic to open a company offshore In Panama. According to the Mercantile Registry of the Caribbean country, on March 4, 2021, Del Cioppo’s wife, Priscilla Maria Ramos, constituted the company PMR MANAGEMENT INC. A company dedicated to “business consulting, commissioning of companies, operations with bank accounts and acquisition and leasing of all kinds of goods”, among other things.
OKDIARIO has accessed the company deeds offshore, in which Del Cioppo’s wife noted the family home they both use in Ecuador: an impressive mansion located in the Rinconada del Lago de Samborondón Urbanization, in Guayaquil. In addition to Priscila María Ramos, who appears as president of the company, there are also Paul Lewis (as director and secretary) and Luis Aníbal Ceballos Córdova (as director and treasurer).
In the same way, it was recorded that Priscila María Ramos used as subscribers to two professional figureheads with thousands of companies offshore in Panama in your name. The first of them, called Zuleyka Alemán Calderón, appears in another 4,078 companies, and the second, Verónica Camaño, in another 1,480 offshore In Panama. Del Cioppo’s wife not only appears as president of PMR MANAGEMENT INC, she also appears as director and legal representative.
Priscila Ramos established the company offshore turning to Mata & Pitti, a law firm listed in the Panama Papers, the famous list of tax fraudsters. Specifically, this firm is linked to the foundations Cordoama, Jamay, Maycocks y Stabilo, all of them based in the tax haven of Malta. This link is based on the entities’ domicile: the first floor of the Advanced Tower on Ricardo Arias Street, in Panama City. An address that also appears in society offshore of the wife of the future ambassador in Spain. This firm, according to the deeds, is the resident agent of the company of Del Cioppo’s wife in the tax haven.
The discovery that OKDIARIO reveals today places Del Cioppo as ambassador in Spain in a compromised situation, since in Ecuador there is a provision of the General Contralory of the State (the equivalent in Spain to the Court of Accounts) that prohibits public officials from having money in a country considered as a tax haven, as is the case of Panama. And at a minimum, the marriage formed by Del Cioppo and Ramos has $ 10,000 in Panama, which is the capital they had to deposit to set up the company offshore.
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