SAN JUAN – After concurring with the findings and recommendations of the Department of Justice rejecting alleged illegal actions of the Government’s Chief Executive of Innovation and Information, engineer Glorimar Ripoll Balet, the office of the Panel on the Special Independent Prosecutor (PFEI) ordered on Tuesday, the file definitive matter. As reported by the Panel in a press release, the case arises from a referral to Justice from the then Secretary of the Interior, Zoé Laboy Alvarado, about information that reached her anonymously, it was alleged that the engineer Ripoll tried through a email, provide sensitive information on a service quote, so that another contractor could improve it and award them the contract.
However, the Department of Justice conducted a meticulous and detailed investigation that included several witnesses and a forensic examination of the official’s emails, determining the lack of factual and real evidence that could support any commission of crime.
According to the investigation, the engineer Ripoll consulted with external consultants – as is usually the course of action in the computer industry, the expertise to determine if the quote provided was adjusted to real parameters. The external advisor was not competing in the auction.
Likewise, Justice was provided with an alleged evidence of an email, which did not contain the correct address of the contractor, nor did it coincide on the date of the alleged events. This being the case, the result of the Justice investigation reflected that there was not sufficient cause to believe that Ripoll had committed any crime. The Panel accepted the recommendation and, consequently, determined that it was not appropriate to appoint a special prosecutor on this matter.