Friday, June 24, 2022

Ecuador: they ask for the capture of a recently released former vice president

QUITO ( Associated Press) — The Provincial Court of Santa Elena ordered on Friday the location and capture of former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, released less than two months ago by a judge from a small coastal town although he had two prison sentences pending for corruption.

Unanimously, that court revoked the order of a first instance judge who, applying an appeal, decided to release Glas on April 10, arguing that the sentenced person’s right to life prevailed over compliance with the ruling and sentence. Glas’s defense argued that his client was ill and that his life was in danger in prison due to the frequent massacres between prisoners in prisons.

That court also ordered the immediate investigation of all officials, both from the prison and judicial systems, who were involved in Glas’s release, in order to establish alleged infractions and responsibilities.

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The last time he was seen, Glas was in Guayaquil, but now his whereabouts are unknown because he was not wearing an electronic shackle nor was he under house arrest, which allowed him to move around the country.

No further information has been given on the completion of pending sentences.

A supporter of Glas’s party, Unión por la Esperanza, filed a habeas corpus petition, focused on protecting the rights of the prisoners, in this case of Glas, with which he was released. A Dutch drug trafficker was also released and a leader of the mafias that prevail in prisons was about to be freed. In Ecuadorian prisons there have been violent massacres between prisoners in the last two years.

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The former vice president was sentenced to six years in prison for illicit association in a corruption scheme of the Brazilian company Odebrecht and received an eight-year sentence for bribery in a case called “Bribes”, a complex network through which businessmen gave to the government of former President Rafael Correa (2007-2017) millionaire sums in exchange for the concession of public works.

Meanwhile, the sentence of a third case for corruption is pending.

Glas was Vice President of Correa between 2013 and 2017 and later of his friend and successor Lenín Moreno, who shortly after coming to power became a staunch detractor of Correismo.

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