President Rafael Correa requested the sentence with the maximum penalty for the false testimony crime to former overseers of the contracts subscribed by companies allegedly linked to his brother Fabricio and the Ecuadorian state.
Through a letter sent to the Eighth Court of Criminal Guarantees, Correa’s request was known yesterday at the beginning of the adjudication hearing against Paul Chambers, Gerardo Portillo, Victor Hugo Hidalgo and José Quishpe.
Correa affirms that observers sought to discredit and tarnish his image before public opinion. At the hearing, due to the lack of original documents and witnesses, the court determined the suspension until Friday.
This process began in 2011, after the overseers submited a report in which they concluded that the head of state himself allegedly knew of his brother’s contracts with various institutions.