QUITO, Ecuador â€“ Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was jailed Mon. after the Supreme Courtroom ordered his arrest while he’s investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal.
Police officers took Glas in to custody at his residence within the city of Guayaquil & after transported him on an air force aircraft to the capital, Quito, where he’s being held. Several supporters & former aides rushed to Guayaquil’s air force base to precise solidarity with Glas, who they are saying was stabbed behind the back by his one-time ally, President Lenin Moreno.
Minutes before turning himself in, Glas published on-line a video during which he stated he would abide under protest the arrest order even while arguing in that the case against him was based mostly on lies, false testimony & procedural errors.
“Those in that are innocent haven’t any reason to flee,” stated Glas within the video, by which he additionally urged supporters to continue fighting to defend the legacy of former President Rafael Correa, who both he & Moreno loyally served. “Do not hand over, fight in your revolution.”
Judge Miguel Jurado of Ecuador’s top courtroom accepted a request from prosecutors in that Glas be detained to guard against any try and escape. Until Mon.’s ruling Glas was free still barred from leaving the country.
Across Latin America, once seemingly untouchable politicians, together with the previous leaders of Brazil & Peru, have been charged or are under investigation for purportedly taking bribes or unlawful marketing crusade contributions from Odebrecht as part of the development company’s speedy enlargement across the region the past decade.
Glas is highest-ranking official in Ecuador to be investigated & is suspected of leading a network of politicians & Correa officers who received $33 million in that the development company Odebrecht has acknowledged paying in exchange for contracts when he served as vice president from 2013 to 2017. The- case is partly built on testimony by former Odebrecht executives in addition to former authorities officers.
However Glas’ fall from grace has-been compounded by the nation’s fast-shifting political landscape & a rupture within the ruling leftist coalition started by Correa.
In Aug., President Lenin Moreno stripped Glas of all of his duties as vice president, relegating him to a mostly ceremonial role. Glas has refused to resign & in turn accused Moreno of betraying the legacy of Correa, who additionally expressed outrage over his aide’s arrest.
“An trustworthy guy has lost his freedom,” Correa wrote on Twitter.
Moreno, whose toughness on corruption & efforts to repair relations with the opposition & business community have proved wildly very popular with Ecuadoreans, is now trying to corner his rivals even additional.
On Mon. night he introduced his proposal for a nationwide referendum by which voters can be asked whether or not they want to eliminate the potential of indefinite re-election, one thing in that would pave the best way for Correa’s return to power in 2021.
The proposal must nonetheless be approved by Ecuador’s constitutional courtroom, where Correa maintains heavy influence.