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Anti-corruption adviser to Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (2007-2014); Head of the National Intelligence Secretariat (2014-present)

Rommy Vallejo

Associates in the data: Javier Molina Bonilla

Related to  Ecuador
Data from: Panama Papers

Javier Molina Bonilla

Javier Molina Bonilla, a polyglot and attorney, worked for Ecuador’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Secretariat (Senain). Senain is a prolific purchaser of spy technology and was recently outed for having hacked the email and Facebook accounts of an opposition politician. Bonilla previously worked as a representative of Mossack Fonseca in Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

In the data

In 2007 Molina Bonilla and three other partners reached an agreement with Mossack Fonseca to represent the Panamanian law firm in Ecuador. Molina Bonilla negotiated terms for starting up Mossack Fonseca & Co. (Quito) Ltd., incorporated in the Seychelles for the purpose of selling offshore companies to Ecuadorian clients. Molina Bonilla worked there until the end of 2011. Then he moved to Corporate Consulting Group Inc., another law firm that was registered in Anguilla by Mossack Fonseca in 2011 and inactivated in 2014. After he helped set up Mossack Fonseca Quito, Molina Bonilla was owner, shareholder and/or officer of nearly 20 companies operating in five different offshore jurisdictions. Some remained active as of the end of 2015. During the period Molina Bonilla was involved with offshore companies, he was the director in 2007 of the state-owned company Avindac, which provided airport services, and from 2014 to 2015, adviser to the National Intelligence Secretariat, an agency under the direct supervision of Ecuador’s president.

Response

Molina Bonilla said he appeared as a shareholder or officer in nearly 20 offshore companies because of his role as a founding partner of Mossack Fonseca & Co. (Quito) Ltd. from 2007 to 2011. "Needless to say, the partners of Ecuador appeared as shareholders and directors of the new companies ... at random until they were purchased by our clients," he said. An exception was Corporate Consulting Group Inc., which was his. He added that he was a temporary adviser to the National Intelligence Secretariat, not a member of its permanent staff. "I just sent a monthly invoice, and I don't work for them anymore, as I am an independent lawyer," he said.
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