On 7 April, the BBC and others reported that a court in Ecuador has sentenced the country’s former left-wing president Rafael Correa to 8 years in jail in absentia for corruption. He was in power for 10 years until 2017, when he went into exile in Belgium. He denies any wrongdoing. He and 19 other defendants were convicted of accepting $7.5 million in bribes from private companies in exchange for state contracts. Those convicted were also banned from any political role for 25 years, including Correa’s former vice-president Jorge Glas, who is already serving a 6-year jail term for accepting a bribe from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
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