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Dow Jones – Ecuador Court Upholds Sentence Against El Universo

More from the country where the Chevron Ecuador trial has taken place…coverage of the ruling against a newspaper’s owners and editor who were fined and sentenced to prison time for libel against the country’s president:

Both Correa critics and El Universo lawyers allege he has influenced the judicial system through his position as president and with the presence of some of his cabinet ministers during court hearings on the El Universo case. Critics also note that the first sentence against the newsmen came far faster than such cases normally last, and that the court has adjusted its scheduled hearings to fit the president’s schedule. Correa denies directly or indirectly pressuring the court, and a judge who has heard the case also denied last week any undue influence from the president.

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#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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