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Raphael Korea took refuge in Belgium

The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that it has not received any official information.

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has been sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption in his country and was granted refugee status in Belgium.

Document dated April 15. That same Friday, Ecuadorian judicial authorities demanded the deportation of the former president.

“It simply came to our notice then. Because when they give you this protection, it shows that you are being persecuted, “Korea told the AFP phone this Friday.

In connection with Request for surrender Signed that day, the former president said Ecuadorian officials were “going to fool themselves again. They have already been denied many times. But they do not care.”

In Quito, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had not been notified of the granting of political asylum by “official evidence.”

Korea had put forward his request for asylum in Belgium in 2018, the country where his wife is and the country where he emigrated in 2017, when he stepped down after a decade in the presidency.

The former Socialist president, who ruled between 2007 and 2017, backed his case, accusing him of “political persecution” and subjecting him to the judiciary.

This happened after Lenin Moreno (2012-2021), Korea’s surrogate, came to power between 2007 and 2013, benefiting from the support he received for being elected president.

Final Judgment

The 59-year-old Korean man was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of bribery in a 2012-2016 so-called bribery case. This crime, as well as crimes such as kidnapping, concussion and illicit enrichment, are indescribable in Ecuador.

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The former president has been criticized for being linked to a $ 6,000 process into his bank account to protect his innocence.

The sentence against him was finally approved in 2020, which disqualified him from life from selected positions.

According to Ecuadorian justice, during his tenure both the former president and former officials and businessmen were involved in a corruption scheme in which bribes were paid in exchange for contracts. 18 people are guilty in this case.

The Ecuadorian prosecutor’s office says those involved paid nearly $ 7.6 million in bribes.

Ivan Sakisela, chairman of the National Court of Justice, has said he was unaware of the asylum being granted to the former president.

“I am continuing to work on deportation because I have fulfilled my duty. If I refuse to be deported from Belgium, it will not escape from me, but it will not escape from the Ecuadorian government,” the judge told a news conference.

In February, the Ecuadorian Attorney General’s Office confiscated the assets of Korea and other government officials involved in the case. In November, the judge ordered the confiscation of the offenders’ bank accounts.

In an attempt to capture Korea, the Ecuadorian justice system asked Interpol to add him to the red broadcast list, but the demands were rejected.

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