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Attorney General requests pretrial detention for Correa in ‘2012-2016 Bribes’ investigation

Ecuador Attorney General Diana Salazar has requested that the court issue a pretrial detention order for former president Rafael Correa in the 2012-2016 Sobornos (Bribes) investigation of payments to the Alianza Pais campaign fund. The request will be considered by a national court judge on Thursday.

Ecuador Attorney General Diana Salazar

In a Wednesday morning hearing, Salazar listed 11 charges against Correa, including one that he deposited a check for $6,000 from the fund into his personal account.

The attorney general says that Correa was the “ring master of a criminal organization” involved in extorting money from government contractors for the benefit of Alianza Pais. She claims that more than $15 million was channeled to Alianza Pais bank accounts during the five-year investigation period.

Among the alleged bribes paid to Alianza Pais was $2.5 million from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.

In addition to Correa, prosecutors are asking for preventive detention of five other former government officials including ex-vice president Jorge Glas, already in prison on corruption charges in the Odebrecht bribery scandal. In all, 22 government and business officials were charged during the morning bonding hearing.

Correa, who lives in Belgium, says he has no intention of returning to Ecuador and called Salazar’s charges “a joke.” He Tweeted that the $6,000 check mentioned in the charges was a loan that he paid back within a year.

15 thoughts on “Attorney General requests pretrial detention for Correa in ‘2012-2016 Bribes’ investigation

    1. It will be interesting to see a list of contributors to all the other parties as well.

      But that will never happen with this AG.

  1. I would be very surprised if anybody who has a logical and decent thought process would defend Mr Correa at this point! Correa joins Ortega and Maduro for most inhumane and dishonest leftist leader ever!!

    1. Why would you write that?!! I do not have your confidence in any politician’s assertions. I prefer a fair open trial and proof beyond a reasonable doubt. (I have always been a wild and crazy guy!) (wry smile) Correa might be guilty of something, but at the moment he gets the benefit of the system of justice we adhere to.

      There is also context to consider. Ecuador has a long tradition of corruption since the Spanish took over. It is the status quo. Only a Messiah could govern i(n most of South America and so many other countries) without looking the other way or risking ouster or worse. We must be realistic, if not about our leaders but also the reality of what they must work with.

      The only solutions to corruption is a re-training of the entire society so infected (normally part of early educational training for at least 2-3 generations) OR, like the USA, to decriminalize it. That doesn’t make it any less obscene and destructive, and certainly doesn’t make it go away, but it gets it out of the news.

        1. Long enough to realize that they didn’t appoint the candidate with the lowest score Attorney General to actually prosecute crimes?

          Long enough to recognize that even though CNJ judges are assigned cases by random lot, Camacho has miraculously managed to get EVERY case in which Correa is charged?

          Long enough to notice that they’re pressing charges for a $6K loan even though the defense presented 12 cancelled checks for $500 that were deposited in 2014-15?

          Or just long enough to not care about the rule of law as long as they they take down the guy whose political project you disagreed with.

          You’re one of the people GT is referring to when he speaks of retraining an infected society. All they needed to lock up their political opponents was one AG shameless enough to charge people with crimes that don’t exist, one judge shameless enough to issue orders even when no evidence is presented, and enough people like you who are shameless enough to keep rooting for them even when they can’t justify their actions.

          1. I’ll go with: long enough to not care about the rule of law as long as they take down the guy you don’t agree with…Seems to work everywhere else these days.

    2. I’d love to hear your thought process on how a $6K loan paid back in full constitutes a crime. When you’re done with that, maybe you can articulate what it was that Correa was dishonest about.

  2. When is the Attorney General’s investigation into Moreno’s INA Papers scandal (embezzlement of stolen money into his Banco Balboa/Panama account & HIS ”pre-trial detention” going to commence?

      1. First they’d have to figure out when he did that.

        BTW, does putting three exclamation points at the end of your fantasy make it feel more real?

    1. After Moreno is gone and rule of law is restored. Of course by then he’ll be safe in Miami living off his millions.

  3. The headline is incorrect. The AG requested pretrial prevention. A judge has to order it. Of course given that Camacho miraculously got the case again, she’ll order it even though the charge is bogus. Then she’ll request a red notice from Interpol and, once again, they’ll deny it because there’s no evidence of a crime and a lot of evidence of a government using the judicial system to eliminate its political enemies.

    According to the law, judges are randomly assigned cases by lottery. There are 21 judges on the court, yet Camacho has been assigned to every case in which Correa or anyone from his administration is involved. What is the statistical probability of the same judge being assigned to every case with the same defendant? Maybe Oswaldo can do the math.

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