Ecuador asks Interpol to arrest former President Rafael Correa

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The National Court of Justice (CNJ) of Ecuador has ordered Interpol to request the arrest of former President Rafael Correa in relation to a conviction for bribery in a corruption case that plagued his administration between 2012 and 2016.

“It is arranged to proceed with the Interpol Red Notice“, says a document of the Court dated Tuesday and that requests the intervention of the pertinent organisms of the State to carry out the process.

The ‘Bribery Case’ was a corruption plot in the presidential palace for the illegal financing of the Alianza País party, in which 20 people among former high officials and businessmen have been convicted.

Correa resides in Belgium since 2017 and has not returned to the country since they began to open in 2018 investigation proceedings against him and, in two of them, preventive arrest warrants were issued.

Eight years in prison and disqualification

In the Bribery Case, with a judgment already executed, the former president has been sentenced to eight years in prison and many others of political disqualification as mediate author.

Neither Correa nor fourteen other convicts have come forward to serve their sentences, according to the judicial document, “from the date on which the location and capture were ordered (the corresponding ballots having been issued for this purpose) without their whereabouts being known.”

And it specifies that “of some sentenced persons it is even public knowledge that they would not be in the country“.

The document mentions the names of Correa and fourteen other sentenced persons, against whom the Interpol assistance.

“For this purpose, the secretariat will send immediately the respective official letter to the Colonel of the State Police, Major Hernán Patricio Uzcátegui Saltos, head of the Interpol National Unit, accompanied by the relevant certified documentation, “adds the judicial document.

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