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September 13, 2017

Moreno: “We have been victims of several decades of corruption.” – Ecuador Times

President Lenin Moreno referred in his weekly address once again to the fight against corrupt practices and said that “we have been victims of several decades of corruption.” “Fellow citizens let´s hold our stance against the scourge of corruption. We have been subjected to several decades of corruption. We hope that both the National Audit Office and the Prosecutor´s Office fully comply their duties,” said the president. Read more>>

September 12, 2017

The Uncle of the Vice President had privileged information of those interested in investing in the country – Ecuador Times

A private letter sent by the Vea Group to Vice President Jorge Glas Espinel showing interest in participating in the Fruta del Norte mining project was found in the computer of Glas’s uncle, Ricardo Rivera. This documentation is a vital part of the investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office for an alleged illegal association in the corruption network the Brazilian company Odebrecht wove in Ecuador. Read more>>

September 8, 2017

Ecuador’s Vice President Begins Legal Defense in Odebrecht Corruption Case – PanAm Post

On Thursday, September 7, Eduardo Franco Loor, lawyer for the vice president of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, went to the Attorney General’s Office to begin legal representation for his client linked to the Odebrecht case. “We have initiated the legal-technical defense, maintaining [Glas’s] total innocence since he has not committed any crime, and there is no evidence. The elements of conviction with respect to the charges will not hold up, because they are simple suspicions or conjectures that are not related to what should really be the criminal presumptions,” said Franco. Read more>>

September 6, 2017

The first 100 days of Lenin Moreno’s government: Fewer attacks on free expression but no progress on reforms – IFEX

The first 100 days of the administration of Lenin Moreno promised changes, not only with the call for open dialogue, …

September 5, 2017

Former Ecuador President Correa Goes to Bat for VP Linked to Odebrecht Corruption – PanAm Post

Former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa posted a video on Facebook saying he would defend President Jorge Glas — his former Vice President — against any claims of alleged involvement in the Odebrecht corruption case. “It’s a good idea,” he argued, and claimed that Glas is an “honest man.” Last month, Glas asked the Alliance PAIS political coalition to lift his immunity because has done nothing wrong and therefore has nothing to fear. Read more>>

August 30, 2017

Ecuador Court Bars VP from Leaving Country – Latin American Herald Tribune

The Ecuadorian National Court of Justice barred Vice President Jorge Glas on Tuesday from leaving the country because he, along with other suspects, is being subjected to a formal investigatory hearing related to the Odebrecht corruption case, the Attorney General’s Office said. The travel prohibition was imposed “taking into consideration that, during the development of the pretrial and trial phase, (Glas) has attended all the hearings held by the Attorney General’s Office.” Read more>>

August 29, 2017

Ecuador’s Vice-President Jorge Glas faces corruption charges – The Globe and Mail

Ecuador’s Vice-President has been stripped of his duties and will face investigation on corruption charges, the highest-profile target yet in a simmering scandal that threatens political stability at a critical time for the country. Jorge Glas stands accused of taking bribes to facilitate Ecuadoran infrastructure contracts for the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht S.A. He maintains his innocence. Read more>>

August 25, 2017

Ecuador’s congress green-lights corruption probe against VP – Associated Presss

Ecuador’s congress cleared the way Friday for Vice President Jorge Glas to be investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal. The unanimous vote by the legislature makes Glas the highest-ranking official in Ecuador to be probed for purportedly receiving some of the $33 million that Brazil’s Odebrecht has acknowledged paying in exchange for contracts. Read more>>

August 24, 2017

Ecuador’s Assembly will analyze Friday prosecutor’s request to allow Vice President to stand trial – Andes

Ecuador’s National Assembly will analyze Friday the National Court of Justice’s request to allow Vice President Jorge Glas to stand trial for corruption. Assembly members from different parities reacted to such request and for some; this is his opportunity to prove he is innocent. Read more>>

August 23, 2017

Richard Proaño: ‘I was dismissed for ruling against Ricardo Rivera.’ – Ecuador Times

Richard Proaño was a judge of the Childhood and Adolescence of the Guayas Province and says that they wanted to bribe him to rule in favor of Ricardo Rivera, uncle of vice president Jorge Glas, in a trial for alimony in 2011. Read more>>

August 21, 2017

Ecuador’s Former and Current Presidents Continue to Trade Insults over Legacy – PanAm Post

Fighting continues between the former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and current President Lenin Moreno, his former Vice President — this time about whether younger generations in the country should trust Moreno’s leadership. Read more>>

August 21, 2017

Ecuador prosecutor to present corruption case against vice president – Reuters

Ecuador’s top prosecutor said on Monday he would present evidence of corruption against the country’s embattled vice president, who was stripped of his duties by a presidential decree that stopped short of firing him earlier this month. Read more>>