Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has been sentenced to life in prison

Ecuador’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld the eight-year prison sentence handed down in April to former President Rafael Correa. After a final appeal that the defense can still submit, he will stand for election for a life ban.

In Ecuador, justice on Monday, September 7, in cassation confirmed the conviction of former President Rafael Correa to eight years in prison for corruption, which put an end to his hopes of fighting for the country’s vice president in the February elections next year.

A Supreme Court “by a majority (…) dismissed the appeals of cassation lodged by the appellants and upheld the conviction for corruption” delivered in April against the former president (2007-2017) and 17 other persons. , including former ministers and business leaders, the court said.

Rafael Correa has lived in Belgium since 2017 and the end of his last period when he was not yet the subject of a trial. Tried in his absence, his first conviction was upheld in April in an appeal in mid-July. In mid-August, he announced his desire to go to the Vice-Presidency of Ecuador within a left-wing coalition.

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“They finally did. In record time, they were given a ‘final’ sentence to disqualify me as a candidate,” Rafael Correa said on social media. “They do not understand that all they are doing is increasing my popular support. I feel good. Remember that the only thing they condemn us to do is win,” he said. he adds.

Following a final appeal that the defense can still file, the former president will be banned for life from standing before voters, as stipulated in the country’s constitution in cases of corruption.

The court ruled that Rafael Correa and several of his former employees had indeed received bribes in exchange for contracts with various companies. The former president says he is innocent and condemns a conspiracy encouraged by his rival, his former vice president and current president, Lenin Moreno.

Rafael Correa is also under investigation for the kidnapping of opposition leader Fernando Balda in Colombia in 2012. Under Ecuadorian law, however, he cannot be tried in the absence of this crime.

With AFP