Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa will appeal an eight-year prison term for the bribery case, confirmed by the National Court on Monday, for which the left-wing leader provides alleged political persecution against him and those around him as part of Lenín Moreno’s current government .
The Court of Appeals upheld Correa and 17 others, including former Vice President Jorge Glas, for the “bribery” case, which examines a bribery program in exchange for public contracts that also causes numerous problems for companies, including the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht .
Correa had already been sentenced to eight years in prison and a 25-year disqualification from public office by the National Court of Justice in 2019. He then appealed to the National Court of Justice, which upheld the verdict, but the defense has announced a new appeal, according to the Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio.
The former president has expressed his rejection through social networks. “Do you think they’ll hit us with this nonsense? (…) The only thing they condemn us is to hit us,” he warned. “The only thing they can achieve is to give me a place in world history that I’ve never looked for,” he riveted.