In Rafael Correa’s Absence, Ecuador Goes After His Allies- InSight Crime
The net is tightening around former Ecuador president Rafael Correa after a new order for his arrest, underscoring the country’s determination to bring the once-popular leader to justice, along with his closest political allies.
On August 8, Judge Daniella Camacho announced a preventative detention order for Correa and requested that Interpol issue an arrest warrant, El País reported. Interpol has repeatedly rejected such requests in the past, citing a lack of evidence.
This time, Ecuador’s Attorney General Diana Salazar has accused the former president of being behind a bribery scheme, which he described as a “well-structured criminal organization that received payments from government contractors,” according to a report by Ecuavisa.
The payments from the government contractors allegedly went to the presidential campaign of the Alianza PAIS political party, which led to Correa’s and running mate Jorge Glas’ return to power in 2013.
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