Ecuadorian Court Annuls Sentence Against Former Vice President Jorge Glas in Singue Case | News

The Court of Appeal of the National Court of Justice of Ecuador annulled this Thursday the sentence of eight years in prison against former Vice President Jorge Glas and six other people in the Singue case.


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The decision was unanimous by the magistrates Luis Rivera, Felipe Córdova and Daniella Camacho, who declared that there was a violation of due process and the defense of the defendants.

A court of first instance issued, in January 2021, the sentence for the alleged crime of embezzlement in the award of an oil exploitation contract in the Singue field, in the province of Sucumbíos (north).

Among those prosecuted in this case are also the former Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Wilson Pastor, as well as the former manager of Petroecuador and former Minister Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli.

The resolution of the magistrates establishes that the procedural nullity ranges from “everything that has been done from the request to formulate charges, which was presented by the State Attorney General’s Office on February 12, 2019.”

Currently, Glas has two firm sentences corresponding to six and eight years in prison, the first for a case of illicit association and the second for aggravated bribery.

With the decision announced by the Court of Appeal, the former Ecuadorian vice president will be able to request the unification of sentences and thus access pre-release, since previously it was not feasible because the Singue case was pending.