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Verdict against Rafael Correa: the next hero to fall

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Rafael Correa is a controversial figure. The former president of Ecuador divides his country. Many Ecuadorians remain loyal to him. Others hate him abysmally. That was not always so. Like other left-wing populists in Latin America, Correa enjoyed great popularity during his presidency.

When he came to power in 2007, the comparatively small South American oil state was facing an unprecedented boom thanks to rising raw material prices. Correa sparked its “civil revolution”, created stability and prosperity and reduced poverty. Correa was one of the heads of the “Socialism of the 21st Century” led by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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But at the same time, he was apparently also the head of a corruption network. This is the conclusion of the Ecuadorian judiciary. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sentenced the former president to eight years in prison and excluded him from public office for a period of 25 years.

In addition to Correa, several entrepreneurs and other former government members have been sentenced, including former Vice President Jorge Glas, who is already serving a prison sentence for corruption in the wake of the scandal surrounding the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. Correa and the other convicts are accused of taking more than $ 7 million in bribes from companies in exchange for government contracts between 2012 and 2016.

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