Ecuador prosecutor demands jail for ex-leader Correa in bribe case

QUITO (AFP) – Ecuador’s Attorney General Diana Salazar on Thursday called for a seven-year jail term for former president Rafael Correa who is on trial in absentia for corruption connected to his 2013 election campaign.

Correa, 56, is accused of accepting funds from private businesses for his campaign in return for state contracts.

Salazar asked the court to impose “the maximum penalty envisaged for the offence of corruption and considered as aggravating, for Rafael C, as an indirect perpetrator, and for other officials and businessmen, as direct perpetrators,” the prosecution said on Twitter.

Correa, who lives in exile in Belgium, and 19 other defendants, including former vice president Jorge Glas, face between five and seven years in prison if they are found guilty.

Glas is already serving a six-year sentence for receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.