The Court of Judgment of the Bribery case 2012-2016 denied the requests for clarification and extension of the sentence made by former President Rafael Correa, the former Minister of Transport and Senagua head, Walter Solís, and businessman Pedro Verduga.
On April 26, the three were sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of aggravated passive bribery of their own.
Correa was charged as a mediated author at instigation; Solís as co-author; and Verduga as direct author.
Another 15 defendants were also sentenced to the same number of years.
Pamela Martínez and Laura Terán had their sentences reduced for cooperating with the State Attorney General’s Office.
The Court is composed of judges Iván León, Marco Rodríguez and Iván Saquicela.
“The sentence is clear, intelligible and does not present darkness in its text,” said the judges. “Undetermined phrases have not been used in the reasoning and decision; there being legal technical clarity and sufficiency; even structured in a didactic way throughout the text as well as in the resolved and arranged, ”stated the Court’s brief.
In the 63-page ruling, it is indicated that once the magistrates have resolved the requests for clarification and expansion, the deadlines (three days) are already running for Correa, Solís and Verduga to file appeals to the ruling.
For the defendants who have already done so, “at the appropriate procedural moment, this court will decide what corresponds in law.” Correa had already filed an appeal.
The Court also denied the request for an excuse that the accused José Hidalgo Zavala filed against Saquicela. He had alleged that the judge opined on the Bribes 2012-2016 case in a television interview. (I)