Vice President Ecuador
Jorge Glas, the vice president of Ecuador, was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday. He was on trial for accepting bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
According to the public prosecutor, Glas had received around 13.5 million dollars through his uncle. Glas had to resign from his work as vice president in August. He himself claims to be the victim of a political conflict.
According to the BBC, Glas is the most important politician convicted in the large corruption case involving the Odebrecht company.
The Brazilian company has admitted that it has paid 788 million dollars in bribes in twelve different countries. A former CEO stated in October that the company paid 35 million dollars in bribes to Venezuelan President Maduro.
On Wednesday it became clear that the President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski also received money. A total of 4.8 million dollars was transferred to companies that are associated with him, according to a document that Odebrecht sent to Congress.
The payments were made between 2004 and 2012 when Kuczynski held various ministerial positions. The president says he has done nothing wrong but does not deny the accusations. In 2016 he became the president of Peru.