Ecuador ex-president Correa jailed in absentia for corruption


A top court in Ecuador has sentenced the country’s former president Rafael Correa to eight years in jail in absentia for corruption while in office.

Correa was president from 2007 to 2017 but now lives in exile in Belgium, where his wife was born.

He was found guilty alongside 19 other defendants of accepting $7.5m (£6m) in bribes from private firms in exchange for state contracts.

Those convicted were also banned from any political role for 25 years.

Among them is his former vice-president Jorge Glas, who is already serving a six-year jail term for accepting a bribe from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Correa, who has always claimed to be a victim of political persecution has denied any wrongdoing.

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