3 thousand detainees would be pardoned by a decree
Posted On 08 Jun 2017
About 3,000 people deprived of liberty in the country could benefit from the partial or total reduction of penalties, established in the last executive decree Rafael Correa issued as a president.
This decree is No. 1440 dated May 23, 2017, that is, one day before Correa finished his term in office.
Last Tuesday, Justice Minister Rosana Alvarado announced the ‘approximate’ figure during the first meeting of the Justice Board in the government of Moreno.
“Although it is not a right, it is a benefit these people could benefit from,” Alvarado said, according to an institutional release.
The statement did not specify whether the Justice Department has received requests from potential beneficiaries, or the exact number of them.
The decree states that those interested in receiving the reduction of their penalties should request it to the Ministry of Justice.
One of them is having been sentenced to serve a “maximum” penalty of five years. The presidential provision grants a reduction of penalties of 360 days or pardons. The latter will be for those who have been convicted of illicit drug trafficking – to whom the decree calls mules, or those who suffer from catastrophic illness (I).