Hearing of the Jorge Glas case in Ecuador begins under threats | News
The judicial hearing that must decide on the review of the habeas corpus appeal of former Vice President Jorge Glas, who was sentenced almost five years ago for corruption, began this Wednesday in the Court of Santa Elena, on the Ecuadorian coast; under a bomb threat outside the courthouse.
Ecuador’s attorney will seek the return to prison of Jorge Glas
After the threat, recorded early this morning, the Santa Elena Police ruled out the presence of an explosive device in the surroundings of the Provincial Court, although members of the Intervention and Rescue Group of the Ecuadorian National Police guard the perimeter .
Supporters of the Citizen Revolution movement stood with flags, posters, shouts and giant screens where they showed support for the former president, although Jorge Glas did not attend in person, but his defense did. Among other demands, they demand that the judicial decision granted to Jorge Glas be respected and that the political persecution against him be stopped.
In the same way, they remember that the former vice president has complied with all the substitute measures that were imposed on him.
In the previous one, the Attorney General of the State, Íñigo Salvador, attended and before entering, insisted on the revocation of Glas’s habeas corpus and justified it as follows: “The Attorney General’s Office was not summoned or summoned to the first proceeding, where he was granted the appeal. The SNAI lacks legal status, it cannot appear alone. The State was defenseless”, he indicated.
However, more than 50 people have asked to participate in favor of Jorge Glas with the use of the legal resource of the “amicus curiae” and until the beginning of the hearing, the judge said that he continued receiving requests.
The Attorney General of the State, Diana Salazar, and political actors attend the diligence via telematics. If habeas corpus is revoked, Glas would have to return to the Cotopaxi regional prison to serve his two executed sentences: one of six years in prison, for illicit association, in the Odebrecht case; and the second, to eight years, for bribery, within the Bribery case.
The secretary of the Court who knows the case anticipated that the resolution of the hearing will not be known this Wednesday, since the judges have eight days to make a decision.