Stella Dimoko Ecuador's Jailed VP To Be Stripped Of Office Today


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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Ecuador's Jailed VP To Be Stripped Of Office Today

 Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas was to constitutionally lose his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months -- locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption.

Glas, 48, is the highest-ranking Latin American politician to be convicted and imprisoned for his role in a continent-wide scandal involving a Brazilian construction group, Odebrecht, which gave bribes to secure public works contracts.

He was given a six-year sentence on December 13 by Ecuador's Supreme Court after being found guilty of receiving $13.5 million in Odebrecht kickbacks. He says he is innocent and will appeal.

But, taking into account his detention since October 2 pending his trial, he has not been able to carry out his duties.

That means that at midnight Tuesday (0500 GMT Wednesday), Glas will have failed to execute his functions as vice president for the three months allowed under the constitution, automatically losing his post.

Asked if that was right, the executive secretary of the ruling Country Alliance, Ricardo Zambrano, said: "Of course."

Zambrano added, in comments to the Ecuavisa television network, that President Lenin Moreno would have to ask Congress to choose a replacement.

The legislature on December 17 had voted to open proceedings to fire Glas. But that still required rulings from the Constitutional Court and a congressional panel before going to a vote before the entire Congress.

Ecuador's ruling party is split between Moreno and previous president Rafael Correa. Glas was an ally of Correa, who retired to Belgium but returned to his country in late November to battle Moreno for control of their party.

Odebrecht, which was investigated by the US Justice Department, agreed to pay a $3.5 billion fine after admitting to giving $788 million in bribes across 12 countries to secure contracts.

The scandal has ensnared politicians in several countries, including Mexico, Peru, Panama and Venezuela.

Ecuadoran prosecutors said Odebrecht spent $47.3 million in bribes in their country to get public contracts.

From eNCA


  1. That is what we should do to APC government. Strip all of them of their offices Amen

  2. Buhari u r next, u went to London for 6months and we kept quite


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