The General Prosecutor of Ecuador requested the seizure of former President Rafael Correa’s property on Friday in order to fulfill the economic reparation imposed in the “bribery” ruling after the Ecuadorian judiciary gave him five days to pay the fine that did not respect.
In addition to Correa, among those charged with paying the set amount – $ 778,224 to direct offenders and $ 368,632 to accomplices – his former Vice President Jorge Glas, both of whom were sentenced to eight years in prison as accomplices.
Among the convicts are, among others, the former Justice Minister of the Presidency Alexis Mera, the former Ministers Vinicio Alvarado, Walter Solís and María de los Ángeles Duarte as well as other cabinet members from Correa and Ecuadorian businessmen.
In a statement, the Attorney General said two convicts, Víctor Fontana and Alberto Hidalgo, have already paid the financial compensation.
In the “bribery case”, in which 19 other people were convicted, the ex-president is charged with a crime of gross passive bribery that businessmen asked for money to fund the Alianza País campaigns in exchange for receiving contracts with the state.
Correa has always defended his innocence and denounced that he was a victim of political persecution. The ruling also includes a 25-year exclusion from public office.