The criminal justice judge in Ecuador, Francisco Mendoza, decided this Friday to put former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram on trial at the request of the prosecutor for possession of weapons.
The Ecuadorian prosecutor had requested that the ex-president be tried for an illegal firearm in his home. Bucaram was arrested on June 3 as part of a public ministry operation on suspected corruption in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil.
The former president is therefore prohibited from leaving the country, and the prosecutor has filed a lawsuit, according to the El Comercio newspaper, to investigate his activities in connection with other crimes.
The President’s defense has rejected the prosecutor’s allegations and denied that Bucaram is involved in the arms trade. In addition, his lawyers said the gun was a gift from the armed forces when he was president.