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Glas and 12 others headed to trial as judge dismisses final Odebrecht corruption appeals

Vice president Jorge Glas and 12 others accused of accepting bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht are going to trial.

Prosecutors Diana Salazar and Carlos Baca at Thursday’s hearing. (El Comercio)

During hearings on Wednesday and Thursday, Judge Miguel Jurado agreed with the charges presented by national prosecutor Carlos Baca and dismissed all appeals from defense attorneys.

In his Thursday presentation before the judge, Baca claimed that Glas had received bribes of $13.5 million for five government projects. The bribes, Baca said, were paid through Glas’ uncle, Ricardo Rivera, who acted as an intermediary from 2012 through 2016.

The new charges against Glas are in addition to the original charge of illegal association, filed by the prosecutor’s office in August.

According to Baca, the bribery scheme was arranged by Glas at a 2011 meeting with Odebrecht officials when Glas served as Coordinating Minister for Strategic Sectors. Baca said the projects involved in the alleged corruption were the Pascuales-Cuenca petroleum pipeline, the Daule-Vinces water transfer station, earthworks for the Manduriacu and Esmeraldas refineries, and the La Esperanza Aqueduct.

In addition to Glas and Rivera, the judge also said that former national comptroller Carlos Pólit will stand trial on bribery charges.

Pre-trial proceedings continue today and next week.

  • Michael Berger

    Baca claimed that Glas had received bribes of $13.5 million for five government projects.

    This is exciting, finally an actual charge against Glas. Now would be the time to put him in jail pending trial not a month and a half ago.

    • Larry Von Eschen

      That’s not how things work under Ecuador’s laws. FYI – if one doesn’t like the Ecuadorian judicial system, one should depart Ecuador. We ain’t in Kansas anymore Bucko.

      • Michael Berger

        Really? So the legal system should be my primary consideration huh? Assuming we ignore all other considerations what country do you suggest I should move to for a fair and just legal system oh wise one?

        • Globetrotter

          🙂 A barrister in England once opened his appeal before the highest court in the empire with: My Lords! I am here seeking justice for my client! The Chief Justice replied; “In this place, we merely dispense law. If you want justice, you have to wait for heaven.”

          The only accurate measure of legal systems is how closely they follow their own laws, not whether their laws are just. By that measure, the WJP ranks the 15 leading legal systems as follows, from best on down;

          Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Estonia and Japan.

      • StillWatching

        burger would complain if you hung him with a new rope.

        • Michael Berger

          That would depend on how much the government paid for the rope. If they overpaid for the rope, or any aspect of the execution I would be pretty pissed about it.

          • StillWatching

            Typical burger thinking. Sure, you’d be pissed when you are dead…

  • Galileo

    Looks like they are going to have to build an addition on the prison for the Odebrecht bunch. I am wondering if it will need a presidential suite. Let’s hope not.

    • StillWatching

      “I am wondering if it will need a presidential suite. Let’s hope not.”

      Let’s hope for something different; JUSTICE. If Correa had no involvement, leave him alone. If he can be shown to be complicit, prosecute him under the law.

      • Galileo

        Yes!!!!! Exactly how I feel también!!!!

  • StillWatching

    This whole article is obviously fake news. We have it on good authority (faulkner) that Glas will never be tried, much less convicted, so none of this could be true. Viva AP!

  • Kevin Lichtman

    Nothwithstanding the results of a fair trial, if that exists in Ecuador, Glas’s claims of innocence ring hollow in the face of the extraordinary amount of circumstantial evidence. The paucity of physical evidence may be the basis for his defense, but it’s not a gurantee of his innocence. At the very least he’s guilty of should have known.

    • Michael Berger

      I believe that Glas is indeed guilty and will therefore be found innocent in an Ecuadorian court as soon as he makes a back room deal to step down as VP.