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Court rules that Glas must remain in jail

Ecuador’s National Court ruled Sunday that Vice President Jorge Glas will remain in jail until the conclusion of his Odebrecht corruption trial. In a habeas corpus petition, Glas’ attorney Franco Loor claimed that pre-trial detention was “illegitimate and illegal” and not supported by the evidence.

Vice President Jorge Glas

After deliberating for two hours, Judges Rosa Álvarez, Asdrúbal Granizo and Merck Benavides ruled in favor of the state’s argument that there was sufficient evidence against Glas to keep the vice president in jail. Prosecutors for the attorney general said they believed that Glas represented a risk to leave the country, as have other defendants in the case.

Speaking for himself at the hearing, Glas claimed he is the victim of a conspiracy by political opponents and Odebrecht. “Odebrecht has many reasons to hate me, because I expelled them from Ecuador in 2008,” he said, referring to the company’s 18-month ban from working in the country as a result of alleged construction problems at a hydroelectric plant.

Glas also claimed that he is the victim of “media lynching,” blaming newspapers and television stations of spreading false information. “Because of a conspiracy by the press, I have not been able to defend myself,” he said.

Loor added that the pre-trial detention is an insult to Glas. “He has said he has no plans to leave the country and he is a man of his word,” Loor said. “This entire process has been unjust and arbitrary and we plan to appeal today’s ruling.”

Glas was charged in September of illicit association with Odebrecht officials and ordered to jail October 2. Federal prosecutors say that more charges may be filed against him based on new evidence that he received bribes through his uncle, Ricardo Rivera, who was arrested for accepting as much as $13 million from Odebrecht.

  • Galileo

    Arrogance in the face of justice is not a well thought out defense. Get comfortable George, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Oh, make some space for your buddies that have been ripping off the country for years. Have you considered beginning the snitching convention? Being first in line would probably get you the best deal.

    • StillWatching

      Your first sentence is brilliant. It is a lesson sadly lost on crooks. The U.S. has a leader that doubles down on his lies and that is the same kind of arrogance displayed by Glas.

    • edgeof 2

      I don’t know. I don’t know anything about it I could have an opinion, but, it would only be an opinion. How could anyone pretend to know other than what they read or speculate. For the new Star Trek series, for example only and comes to mind, they have an after show program speculating. It’s ‘kind’ of like that. Even if you are Moreno you don’t know. Then there is a court system that works to sort it all out to the best truth possible. Then a decision has to made to extent of guilt and punishment. Even then you don’t know. Cheers mate !

  • MountainHombre

    Let’s see . . . A man of his word? I don’t know (for certain) if he’s guilty or not. But if he is, then I certainly wouldn’t trust his word. So, let the courts decide and keep him here until he finishes the legal process.

  • Michael Berger

    Pre-trial detention is “illegitimate and illegal” but Glas should not complain as he is only the victim of the same tyranical system he supported for years, probably even helped form. It was fine for many poor people to be held without any evidence whatsoever but now that one of the princes is being held finally they admit it is “illegitimate and illegal” even though there is evidence against this prince.