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Jorge Glas is sentenced to six years in prison

Vice President Jorge Glas heads back to jail after Wednesday’s verdict.

A three-judge National Court of Justice tribunal has sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in prison for his role in the Odebrecht corruption scandal. The sentence, announced just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, is the maximum penalty for the crime of illicit association.

Also given a six-year sentence was Glas’ uncle, Ricardo Rivera, who the court said collected $14 million in bribes on Glas’ behalf.

Reading the tribunal’s verdicts, Judge Édgar Flores said that “overwhelming evidence” presented during the trial proved that Glas was the “author” of the massive bribery scandal. “He was ultimately responsible for the emblematic projects involved in the corruption,” the judge said.

Three other defendants, Édgar Arias, Carlos Villamarín, and Ramiro Carrillo, also received six-year sentences, while Gustavo Massuh, José Rubén Terán and Képler Verduga were sentenced to 18 months in prison.

According to Judge Flores, Glas arranged bribery payments through Odebrecht’s Ecuador representative, José Conceição Santos, for a number of major projects, including the Pascuales-Cuenca pipeline, the Manduriacu hydroelectric power plant, the La Esperanza aqueduct, the Daule-Vinces water transfer plant, and the Pacific refinery in Manabi Province.

“Through these and other projects, he (Glas) acted as the principal of the crime,” the judge said.

According to prosecutors, Glas demanded one percent personal payment on all government contracts awarded to Odebrecht.

After the verdict was read, Glas’s attorney Eduardo Franco Loor, announced that the decision would be appealed. “This is an iniquitous, barbarous sentence, and is an attack on the human rights of my client.”
National Assembly President Jose Serrano announced Wednesday night that he has convened a meeting of the Assembly’s Legislative Administration Council (CAL) for Thursday to consider Impeachment proceedings against Glas.

35 thoughts on “Jorge Glas is sentenced to six years in prison

  1. Poor Beth. She just couldn’t accept Glas, Correa and AP were anything but benign, despite all the evidence contrary.

    1. I’m pretty sure Correa and the AP weren’t convicted of anything in spite of no evidence from you to the contrary.

    2. Then you are in the loop as an official Ecuadorian investigator to the accusations or crime – or are you just interpreting what you hear around the water cooler….and in the media. Then you are an Ecuadorian lawyer or an Ecuadorian prosecutor ir judge?? Or is this just irresponsible – the idea of an uneducated opinion being of value and to be expressed is an overrated and common in not only American thinking, but, found in many people.

  2. To me it’s weird that Glas turned out to be innocent; I really believed that he was guilty but now that he was convicted in an Ecuadorian court it’s pretty clear that he is indeed innocent, at least when it comes to the crime that he was convicted of. Although the whole case against Glas turned out to be a big fat nothing burger, he does belong in jail anyway for all the human rights violations that he was involved in. That being said it still feels weird to me to send someone to jail for a specific crime in which nobody confessed, there is zero proof, and the only evidence is the verbal testimony of one person who believed that Glas’s uncle was routing the money to Glass. I guess I still have a long way to go when it comes to adapting to the Ecuadorian culture but I don’t imagine I will ever adapt enough to believe a district attorney just because he lines up a bunch of file boxes for a photo op.

    The good news is that Correa has now said he fears returning to Ecuador lest false charges be brought against him. Of course Correa pretends that Moreno somehow managed to corrupt the entire justice system these last six months even though anybody with half a brain knows that Moreno inherited the same corrupt system Correa established and that, to date, no significant changes have been made to the judicial system since Correa left office.

    1. Poetic justice, Ecuadorian style. Glas was convicted by the same flimsy standards of justice that he co-authored. Moreno uses the the same autocratic authority to supress his political opponents that Correa created.

            1. He was only acquitted on appeal after being convicted for 26 years and 4 months, spending about a year and a half in jail, having his reputation ruined, and spending thousands of dollars on a team of three lawyers (one of which was Correa’s personal lawyer). Had he been a person of normal means he would not have been able to get justice in an Ecuadorian court. To recap the events leading up to the case a famous Ecuadorian TV star, Antonio Abril went to a disco one night and met a 19 year old single mom who followed him back to his hotel room in the early hours of the morning, they had sex and she claimed it was rape and tried to take him for $300,000.

              What happened to Antonio A. would be kind of like Glas losing the vice presidency and spending another year in jail and thousands of more dollars to overturn the bogus conviction against him and somehow calling it justice. Due to your radical ideology you cannot admit that any of the Correa-era human rights violations ever happened even though what Antonio A. endured was way more egregious than what happened to Glas.

    2. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Correa may have started as a good leader, but the changes he made to the Constitution are a recipe for dictatorship.

    3. “To me it’s weird that Glas turned out to be innocent; I really believed that he was guilty but now that he was convicted in an Ecuadorian court it’s pretty clear that he is indeed innocent, at least when it comes to the crime that he was convicted of.

      In burger’s Alice in Wonderland mind, down is up and up is down. The only constant is his boundless ignorance. He and faulkner got this one completely wrong, PERIOD

    4. This is enough in USA to convict “only evidence is the verbal testimony of one person who believed that Glas’s uncle was routing the money to Glass”. Why not Ecuador? Prosecution using this all the time in USA to have people convicted for much longer terms….6 years in US is for kindergarten offences. Routinely testimony of co-inmates use to convict on hearsay. I’m not sure what is the issue here. This is the most credible testimony you can get based on personal knowledge. How do you think people convicted in USA on drug deals. Many only based on the testimony of partners that trying to save their ass.

      1. Maybe some courts in the U.S. are more unethical than I realized but in any honest court the burden of proof lies with the accuser not with the defendant.

      2. Not only is such testimony not enough to get a conviction in the, it isn’t even admissible as evidence.

  3. Where will they do their time?
    Does EC have a “country club” minimum security facility like the States provide for their white collar thieves?

    1. Yes !!! Only in the USA you get pardoned and skip that step – like the bankers totally skipped any steps – a only few went to jail…. Do you think then they should be sent to a slave labor camp to be tortured, suffer and die like in N. Korea….by the way Hillary would be pardoned by Trump for him not to suffer the same conseqences as they are the 1% power elite served in a different system then the population. Humanity is truly savage to each other in most all regards – such primitives – Cheers mate!

  4. We seem to have some scholars of jurisprudence in the audience but, oddly enough, none of them seem familiar with the concept of a preponderance of evidence. Based on that, Jorge Glas would have been convicted by almost any court in the world.

    1. You realize that not a single item of evidence implicating Glas was presented, right? They literally convicted him on the written testimony of a convicted felon who said he paid Glas yet, ironically, he was not indicted on any charges.

      Preponderance you say?

  5. Wow….this is good….a more interesting chapter to watch in “Ecuador Tiene Talento”… In all my 31 years here, it is the first time somebody “in power” actually goes to jail for a crime they commited. Is it time to clap yet? Or are there more “chapters” to come? Anyone with bated breath out there? Drama King isn’t going to stage anything now for fear of false billing….

    1. Karen. Cultures don’t change without a great effort in re-education. (As was tried and succeeded in Germany after WW2..took three generations.) Has Russia changed from the days of Ivan the Terrible? Ivan was a brutal super-rich man with absolute power, exactly like a bearded Vladamir Putin. Pretty much sums up every Russian ruler for centuries. And has the USA changed since 1776….the very richest still rule, and the country is still divided along the same lines as always. At present, we are watching round 2 of the Civil War.

      Changing labels and “isms” are irrelevant.

      Ecuador is the same. It has an unbroken millennium-old template of autocrats. It will take a LONG time to change any of these countries.

  6. Trial by court (judges) v. trial by jury is never a good thing and is often unfair. Who’s to say that the judges aren’t corrupt? Hey all you experts out there, how do you KNOW that he received a fair trial?

    Civil law is always less transparent than common law and is ripe for corruption. Oh well, I guess one has to put up with it if one chooses to live in Ecuador.

    1. We thought you were the foremost expert on Ecuador? The evidence used to convict Glas, his dear uncle and others has been shared in the media for weeks. Draw your own conclusions. I think he is guilty as hell for a lot of things including corruption via Odebrecbt.

      P.S. For those who vested their puny credibility in the Correa adminstration, I understand they are holding cry-ins for Glas at that gringo café (similar to those held at universities in the U.S after Trump won).

      1. Your post script is funny. Thumbs up for that. Tell the unknowing about snowflakes and safety pins.

        May I please head the fools off at the pass? I hate trump as much as I hated hillary.

        1. Jajajajaja
          You were one of those people who thought Trump would never become president! Now that Hilary has been exposed for stealing the nomination from Bernie Sanders you conveniently try to distance yourself from her but it’s too late!

          1. As a libertarian, I declared, on the record, how I would never vote for either Trump or Clinton even if you put a gun to my head.

  7. You sort of blew the aphorism, Gman. It’s an old stock market saw that says “Bulls make money, Bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered.”

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