Jorge Glas Unification of Sentences Granted
Judge Melissa Muñoz accepted Jorge Glas‘ request for unification of sentences. The former vice president will no longer have to complete his six-year prison sentence for illicit association, in the Odebrecht case, but will only have to serve the eight-year sentence for bribery, in the Bribery case.
The hearing was installed this Thursday, January 26, 2023, in the Specialized Judicial Unit of Penitentiary Guarantees of Quito, located in the North Judicial Complex.
This judicial appointment was attended by the person in charge of the Pichincha Male Social Rehabilitation Center No. 2, known as Prison 4, because that was the last place where Glas was detained until he benefited from a precautionary measure. The former vice president is free to provide.
During the proceedings, the Director of Prison 4, through his lawyer, presented a legal report and indicated that he agrees that the unification of sentences in favor of Glas should be granted; That is, the sentence with the most years in prison absorbs the lessest.
The former official of the government of Rafael Correa had two enforceable sentences against him (ratified in three different judicial instances).
The first was six years for illicit association in the Odebrecht case and the other eight years for bribery in the Bribery case. He had a third conviction for embezzlement in the Singue case, but this was annulled.
After the decision of the Judge, Glas must only comply with the sentence of the Bribery case, for bribery.
The pre-freedom of Jorge Glas
The defense of Glas sees in the unification of sentences a door to achieve pre-freedom. That way, his client could definitely serve one of his two sentences in freedom.
To access this penitentiary benefit, the sentenced must serve 40% of the sentence, because to impose the sentences the judges used the Criminal Code, in force until 2014. That repealed rule was used, since the crimes for which he is sentenced were perpetrated before that year.
According to his lawyer, Glas has already surpassed that percentage. In October of this year, the former vice president served five years in prison.