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  • Ecuadorean VP Jorge Glas attends his trial on bribery from Odebrecht

    Ecuadorean VP Jorge Glas attends his trial on bribery from Odebrecht | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 December 2017

Glas detractors are urging the National Assembly to give way to a request by right-wing CREO legislators to initiate an impeachment process against Glas.

After the National Court sentenced suspended Ecuadorean VP to 6 years in prison, Rafael Correa affirmed via Twitter that "they" have succeeded in their objective to take over the Vice Presidency.

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"They've condemned and innocent!" he claimed, assuring the trial was "full of so many irregularities it will have to go to international instances." The former President insists Glas is a victim of political persecution comparing him to Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from Brasil and Cristina Kirchner from Argentina. The three former heads of state, who have faced judicial processes in recent times.

  

Hours later, in another tweet, Correa manifests his indignation over the application of the previous penal code in Glas' sentencing. The crime of illicit association is currently punishable by 3 to 5 years of imprisonment, but in this case, the court "applied the previous code, to make him [Glas] lose de Vice Presidency." Gabriela Rivadeneira, a national legislator and Glas supporter, has backed Correa's Twitter comments claiming the suspended VP was judged "without due process" and warning: "a politicized Justice means arbitrariness and lack of guarantees for all citizens."

  

Glas detractors are urging the National Assembly to give way to a request by right-wing CREO legislators to initiate an impeachment process against Glas. The legislative Commission processing the request announced they will convene on Thursday to analyze it.


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