About the book

About “When Success is a Crime

“No one may be tried for an act or an omission which, at the time it took place, was not punishable as a criminal, administrative or other infraction, nor shall any punishment be applied to him which is not contemplated in the Constitution or the law ….”

— Constitution of Ecuador

In 2010, professor Alberto Valencia Granada published When Success is a Crime: Violation of Human Rights to Isaias Family in Ecuador.

This book provides shocking evidence and facts that show how the government of Ecuador, through premeditated and calculated action, unleashed an unrelenting string of human rights violations against Roberto Isasías Dassum and his brother, William Isasías Dassum. The two brothers sat atop the dream of business success: ownership of a media empire and banking behemoth, Filanbanco, among countless other businesses. The brothers and their family, for almost a century, have created prosperity, economic opportunity and nationwide economic growth.

William Isaias

The book exposes a dirty secret that permeates Ecuadorian culture: jealousy and revenge-seeking against those in Ecuador who are successful. In most of the western world, success inspires others to start businesses so they, too, can follow in the successful business people’s footsteps. Not in Ecuador. In Ecuador, financial success breeds jealousy and a desire to damage those who are successful. Such is the case with William Isasías Dassum and Roberto Isasías Dassum.

Roberto Isaias

This book lays out the story of the Isasías brothers and their bank, Filanbanco. Readers will learn how the political power in Ecuador, acting through state-employed banking superintendents, court justices, prosecutors and even the president of Ecuador, attacked the brothers and their businesses with full throttle. The book exposes how the government “has engaged in the systematic and on-going violation of the human rights contemplated in the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, among them the right to freedom, the right to equal standing before the law, the right to the protection [of the courts] and to honor; the right to own property, and the right to petition.”

To read the book now, visit the book’s webpage on Amazon.com here. Thank you for reading!

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