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House arrest for former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram for “organized crime”

The Ecuadorian judiciary this Thursday, under police surveillance, ordered police pressure against former President of Ecuador Abdalá Bucaram (1996-1997) after he was prosecuted for a possible crime of organized crime with which he was dealing illegally enriched with the crime of selling medical devices taking advantage of the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

In the case, authorities are investigating the relationship that Bucaram could have with two Israeli citizens incarcerated in the country who suffered after engaging one of his sons, Jacobo Bucaram, in a network of illegal companies selling materials against the pandemic a week of attacks in prison, one of which was murdered.

Bucaram was arrested the day before after a search of his home in Guayaquil, western Ecuador, and arrested as early as June 3 during an operation for “allegedly influencing the purchase of medical supplies,” including diagnostic tests for COVID-19 and masks in the Guayas Province.

House arrest for former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram for “organized crime”
House arrest for former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram for “organized crime”

On July 18, the judge in the case decided to release Bucaram, but with a ban on leaving the country, which was also brought to trial for gun possession after the search found a pistol that he had found illegally.

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