In what is being called \u0022a dramatic turn\u0022 in a protracted legal battle, documents publicized Monday reveal that the star witness in a case pitting rainforest villagers against a multinational oil giant has admitted to lying under oath in an effort to help Chevron avoid paying a $9.5 billion judgment for deliberate pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022Yes sir, I lied there...I wasn\u0026#039;t being truthful,\u0022 ex-judge Alberto Guerra reportedly told an international arbitration tribunal earlier this year when asked about his claim that the plaintiffs\u0026#039; legal team offered him a $300,000 bribe to ghostwrite the ruling in their favor.\r\n\r\nGuerra\u0026#039;s claim, VICE News explains, provided the underpinnings for New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan\u0026#039;s 2014 ruling that the $9.5 billion verdict was obtained by way of fraud and coercion—a victory for Chevron, which had refused to abide by the judgement.\r\n\r\nIn fact, transcripts (pdf) of the 2015 tribunal proceedings made public on Monday—obtained through a disclosure request by Courthouse News with support from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press—shine new light on the extent of Chevron\u0026#039;s payments to Guerra for his false testimony, some $12,000 per month plus other perks which included a car, healthcare, and relocating him and his family to the United States.\r\n\r\n\u0022Chevron has now been busted by the lying testimony of its main witness,\u0022 the plaintiffs\u0026#039; lawyer, Steven Donziger, told\u0026nbsp;VICE. \u0022The latest iteration of Guerra\u0026#039;s testimony proves clearly that Chevron paid its star witness huge sums of money to present false evidence to frame the very people in Ecuador the company poisoned.\u0022\r\n\r\nAmazon Watch, which campaigns to hold Chevron accountable for its toxic legacy in Ecuador, described the development as \u0022a dramatic turn in the 22-year-old legal effort by Ecuadorian rainforest villagers to hold Chevron Corporation to account for massive on-going environmental contamination in the Amazon.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn a blog post on Monday, the non-profit\u0026#039;s director of outreach and online strategy, Paul Paz y Miño, wrote:\r\n\r\n\r\nBack in 2009, someone at Chevron was probably jumping up and down exclaiming \u0022slam dunk\u0022. The company had found a key witness they could buy who was willing to say what they needed to pull together their fabricated fraud story in Ecuador. How did they \u0022find\u0022 him? Easy, he came to Chevron asking for a bribe to help Chevron get out of its massive legal problems in Ecuador. That should have been a red flag, but fueled by their own arrogance and legal hubris Chevron moved forward with Guerra as their star witness. It turns out that rather than a Bond-esque spy thriller with intrigue and a sophisticated plot, the story for Chevron is more like \u0022Harold and Kumar go to White Castle\u0022.\r\n\r\nAlberto Guerra, who we explained before\u0026nbsp;is a corrupt ex-judge, claimed that the legal team for the Ecuadorians offered him a bribe to ghostwrite the judgment against Chevron. Guerra said he asked Chevron for a bribe first, and they turned him down, so then he went to the Ecuadorians. Despite the fact that Guerra was acknowledged by judge Kaplan himself to be less than credible, his testimony was allowed to stand (this is the same court that forbade evidence of actual contamination). The argument was that Guerra\u0026#039;s testimony fit the \u0022circumstantial evidence\u0022 against the Ecuadorian legal team. Except that evidence has also evaporated.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022This proves what we knew all along—that Chevron\u0026#039;s RICO trial is a farce,\u0022 Paz y Miño added in a press statement. \u0022Guerra has so thoroughly perjured himself he should be behind bars. And so should Chevron management. Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice. This is vindication for the Ecuadorians and counsel Steven Donziger and we now hope Chevron will finally do the right thing and clean up their toxic mess.\u0022\r\n\r\nDonziger himself, who still works for the villagers, added that Guerra\u0026#039;s latest testimony \u0022demonstrates once and for all that Chevron\u0026#039;s so-called racketeering case has completely fallen apart.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Guerra has been the linchpin of Chevron\u0026#039;s entire body of trumped up evidence,\u0022 he said, \u0022and he now stands not only as an admitted liar, but also as a shocking symbol of how Chevron\u0026#039;s management has become so obsessed with evading its legal obligations in Ecuador that it is willing to risk presenting false evidence in court to try to frame adversary counsel and undermine the rule of law.\u0022\r\n\r\nAmazon Watch is now calling for Chevron and its lawyers to be investigated and brought up on charges. \u0022They have intimidated judges in Ecuador, bribed others, falsified evidence, and coached Guerra to submit false testimony in U.S. Federal Court and made a complete mockery of our judicial system,\u0022 Paz y Miño wrote.\r\n\r\n\u0022Chevron\u0026#039;s polluted house of cards has come crashing down around them,\u0022 he said.