It was later discovered that Borja signed numerous documents relating to soil sampling under the direction of the Chevron legal team, which Callejas led.
Borja executed a dirty tricks operation to help Chevron derail the lawsuit and it appears Callejas helped him," said Fajardo.
After Chevron made the videos public, Chevron relocated Borja to a luxury house near its headquarters in California and paid for him to retain a prominent criminal defense lawyer, apparently so he could not be questioned by authorities, said Fajardo.
Chevron has admitted it paid to move Borja and his family from Ecuador to a house a short distance from Chevron headquarters in San Ramon, California, where he would not be subject to a subpoena from the Ecuadorian court hearing the underlying litigation against the company.
Chevron is also paying for a criminal defense lawyer to represent Borja, which the plaintiffs charge is an attempt to prevent him from being questioned by investigative authorities and journalists.
Borja said his wife, Sara Portilla, worked for both Severn Trent and Chevron at various times and was responsible for processing at least some of the thousands of soil and water samples collected by Chevron during the trial.
These revelations are extraordinarily concerning and Chevron must explain its actions to the court," said Pablo Fajardo, the Ecuadorian lawyer for the 30,000 plaintiffs who allege the company polluted a large swath of rainforest by dumping toxic waste.
Chevron refused to disclose its close ties to Borja and his wife when it released secret video recordings made by Borja that the company used to try to taint the trial judge.
Borja has a longtime relationship with Chevron, and keeps an office in a building owned by an uncle who also leases office space to Chevron's local legal team.