The Former President Of Ecuador Has Filed An Appeal Against The Verdict On Corruption Charges
Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has appealed against a sentence that saw him sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison on corruption charges. This was reported by the Associated Press on Thursday.
According to him, the appeal to the court was filed by the lawyer of the politician Fausto Harrin. Correa himself is outside the country.
In April, a court in Ecuador convicted Correa, who led the Republic from 2007 to 2017, in absentia in a high-profile corruption case. The politician was recognized as the author and head of a criminal scheme involving employees of the state apparatus, in which he received more than $7.5 million from entrepreneurs to Finance election campaigns in exchange for state contracts. In addition to the prison term, the court also banned him from holding elected office for 25 years.
The former President, who currently lives in Belgium, called the incident a spectacle and said that this way his political opponents are settling scores with him, "using the court to achieve goals that they could not achieve in the elections." Correa is the leader of the Ecuadorian opposition party Political movement for civil revolution. Previously, he did not rule out that the next election will run for the Parliament or the position of Vice President of Ecuador.