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    Ecuadorean Vice President Jorge Glas | Photo: Vice Presidency of Ecuador

Published 29 September 2017

Ecuadorean Vice President Jorge Glas is among those accused of corruption by the Brazilian company.

Ecuador's Attorney General Office has formally accused 18 people of being linked to a corruption scheme involving the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

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The accusations of criminal association have been presented to Ecuador's highest court, the National Justice Court.

Among those accused are Vice President Jorge Glas, his uncle Ricardo Rivera, who is being detained, and former Comptroller General Carlos Polit, who has fled the country.

Jose Conceicao Santos, Odebrecht's former director in Ecuador, alleged that his company paid US$32 million in bribes since 2007 to win infrastructure contracts in the country.

Glas is accused of allegedly being tied to two corruption cases involving the Brazilian company when he was in charge of the Coordinating Ministry of Strategic Sectors, accusations which he denies.

He accused Santos of being a "confessed corrupt" and "immoral" person.

"There is no single proof against me and they won't find it because I haven't done anything illegal," Glas said during a press conference in Quito.

The vice president said the accusations come after his administration expelled Odebrecht from Ecuador due to irregularities, which the company later fixed, allowing it to return to the country.

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He said the state canceled US$700 million in unfinished contracts, US$200 million in contracts that were not signed and US$100 million in debts that the state wouldn't pay until Odebrecht fixed the problems.

"He has more than a billion reasons to hate me," Glas said.

Glas was stripped of his duties by decree from President Lenin Moreno, who stopped short of firing him earlier this month. The vice president called the move "a clear retaliation" for criticizing Moreno's policies. Moreno said he felt "sorry" that Glas had alleged connections to corruption cases.

"I prefer to go to jail being innocent, than to flee like a coward," Glas said.

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