A new project came to the Assembly to remove the pension to questioned former presidents. Paola Vintimilla (PSC) proposes reforming Article 135 of the Public Service Law so that the former presidents or ex-vice-presidents sentenced for cases of corruption do not have that benefit, since it would be “a reward for the one who has denigrated the mandate”.
Her bill calls for the payment of those whose mandate is revoked and those who have been convicted, in the exercise of their mandate or subsequently, with “an executory sentence for embezzlement, illicit enrichment, concussion, bribery, influence peddling, offer of influence peddling; money laundering, illicit association and organized crime related to acts of corruption”.
And if he already receives the pension and then the sentence is issued, it is suspended “and the convicted person must immediately restitute the total value he would have received for that concept”.
This year Eliseo Azuero (BIN) also asked to reform these pensions to cover “a huge space for arbitrariness as former Vice President Jorge Glas receives a pension while in jail”.
She acknowledges that several projects in this line have been filed in the Workers’ Committee of the Assembly, but he assures that “this time there will be progress, because it is urgent to stop the abuses that are being allowed”.
Her proposal is to suspend the payment of that former president who is called to trial for a crime punishable by imprisonment or prison. (I)