Ecuador: Odebrecht corruption trial begins for suspended VP

The corruption trial for Ecuadorian Vice-President Jorge Glas began at the National Justice Court in Quito on Friday. Prosecutors accused Glas of receiving $13.5 million (€11.3 million) in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. He faces between three and five years in jail. The Vice-President denies the allegations and upon leaving the court he said in a statement to the... Еще press, “This abdication of national sovereignty cannot be tolerated. Here I am, subjecting myself to the judicial system when some have given in to political pressure.» Glas’s trial rests on the plea testimony of the former head of Odebrecht in Ecuador, Jose Conceicao Santos. Glas is the highest-ranking politician to be implicated in the region-wide Odebrecht corruption scandal. He was suspended by President Lenin Moreno in August.

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