A court in Ecuador on 7th of April convicted Rafael Correa, the country’s former president, on corruption charges and sentenced him to eight years in prison.
Mr. Correa, a socialist, was president from 2007 to 2017, during a time when left-wing leaders were rising power in Latin America, including Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Rafael Correa was one among 20 people, including his vice president, Jorge Glas, who were accused of accepting $8 million in bribes in exchange for public contracts from 2012 and 2016. The former president left Ecuador three years ago, and his sentence, which can be appealed by him, leaves him subject to arrest if he returns.
Those convicted along with him were also banned from any political role for 25 years.