Quito.- The Ecuadorian police arrested the judge who granted habeas corpus to former Vice President Jorge Glas for the alleged crime of usurpation of functionsconvicted of receiving millionaire bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, the Prosecutor’s Office reported on Wednesday.
“Last night (for Tuesday) the arrest was carried out – for investigative purposes – of Judge Banny M. (…) who was denounced for alleged usurpation and simulation of public functions,” said the prosecuting entity in its account. Twitter.
The Council of the Judiciary of Ecuador, the body in charge of administering the judicial function, indicated in a statement that Judge Banny Rubén Molina is being called to trial for the alleged crime of prevarication, for which his power to impart justice is suspended. .
The usurpation and simulation of functions is punishable in Ecuador with up to three years in prison.
Molina granted last Friday a new habeas corpus to Glaswho remains in a Quito jail because the body in charge of administering the prisons, SNAI, found “inconsistencies” in the release ticket.
The former vice president, sentenced to six years in prison for the Odebrecht case, benefited from a similar measure on April 10, which allowed him to be released on parole. That decision was reversed by the Ecuadorian justice almost a month later.
The government rejected the judicial measure that favors Glas, who has been in prison since 2017, considering that there were irregularities in the process. According to the Executive, neither the State Attorney General’s Office nor the SNAI were summoned to the hearing.
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The former vice president also has an eight-year sentence for demanding money from businessmen in exchange for contracts with the State in the case called “Bribes 2012-2016”, in which former socialist president Rafael Correa (2007-2016) was also sentenced in absentia. 2017).