Ecuador disciplines prisons for murder of prisoners involved in the death of candidate

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The Government of Ecuador announced this Saturday disciplinary measures after the violent death of seven prisoners inside a prison, all allegedly involved in the murder of anti-corruption presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio, the authority said in a statement.

In an unprecedented response to the escalation of violence, the Government of Ecuador ordered the removal of the director of the Penitentiary Service (SNAI), Luis Ordóñez, and the dismissal of the general director of investigations of the National Police, General Alain Luna, after the death of prisoners linked to the Villavicencio murder.

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The transfer from one prison to another of six prisoners imprisoned for their alleged participation in the murder of Villavicencio was announced, with the aim of protecting their safety. The prosecutor's office has launched an investigation into the actions of the Penitentiary Service because the order to transfer the prisoners to another prison for security reasons was not complied with.

The death of Villavicencio joined the growing violence in Ecuador during the election campaign season. Despite these developments, political analysts suggest that they are unlikely to significantly affect voting intentions for the second round of elections, scheduled for October 15.

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso canceled his trip to Korea to address the crisis in the prison system and seek solutions to this worrying situation. Citizens hope that, with the clarification of those responsible for the murder of Villavicencio, an ethical and moral remission will be promoted in the country.

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The presidential candidates, Daniel Noboa and Luisa González, They have condemned the death of the prisoners linked to the casewhile the electoral process continues amid growing violence in Ecuador.

With information from Reuters.


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