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‘Everything is bulls***’: Ecuador pins 8-year corruption sentence on Correa as dead bodies line the streets amid Covid-19 outbreak
Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has been convicted in absentia of bribery and sentenced to eight years in prison while the country languishes in a coronavirus disaster that his successors austerity policies exacerbated.
Correa and his vice president, Jorge Glas, were given eight-year sentences for corruption and bribery and barred from politics for 25 years on Tuesday in the culmination of what Correa and his supporters have long framed as a politically-motivated setup.
The leftist former leader, who decamped for Belgium in 2017 after realizing his hand-picked successor, current president Lenin Moreno, was not the devout Democratic Socialist he had played on the campaign trail, expressed worry for his colleagues but otherwise seemed unconcerned. “This is what they were looking for: managing justice to achieve what they could never do at the ballot box,” Correa tweeted following the decision. “Surely we win internationally, because everything is bulls***, but it takes years.”
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