Ecuador Starts Extradition Process for Former President Correa Living in Belgium

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Thursday, April 28, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

On April 22, 2022, the Ecuadorian court president Ivan Saquicela signed an order requesting the extradition of former President Rafael Correa from Belgium to serve an eight-year prison term for bribery.  In 2020, an Ecuadorian court convicted and sentenced Correa in absentia to eight years in prison.  The court found him and other officials guilty of receiving bribes in exchange for giving contracts to the bribe payers to finance his political campaigns between 2012 and 2016.  However, Correa’s spokesmen said that on April 19, 2022, the Belgian government granted Correa political asylum.[1]

[1]    Alexandra Valencia, Ecuador court seeks extradition of former President Correa from Belgium, Reuters, April 22, 2022.