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Ecuador ratifies sentence against ex-president Correa, blocking vice presidential bid

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An Ecuadorian court on Monday upheld an eight-year prison sentence against former President Rafael Correa for breaking campaign finance laws, blocking him from participating as a vice presidential candidate in the 2021 election.

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Correa, who was in power for a decade until 2017 and currently lives in Belgium, announced last month his candidacy for the vice presidency as part of a coalition to challenge President Lenin Moreno, a Correa protege who later fell out with him.

He had filed the appeal, the last one allowed by Ecuadorian law, before the National Court of Justice to annul the ruling that sentenced him to prison and took away his citizenship rights.

The three-judge panel denied the request by Correa, 15 other officials from his government and businessmen linked to the case.

"The sentence was ratified in all its parts, requiring compliance with the penalties imposed in the appeal hearing, which are eight years in prison … and comprehensive reparations to the state for $14.7 million," the Ecuadorean prosecutor's office wrote via Twitter.

Correa, 57, denies the accusations of financing campaigns with bribes between 2012 and 2016 anRead More – Source