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Former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas before being detained a second time in May 2022. Photo: Getty Images.
Banny Rubén Molina granted habeas corpus for Rafael Correa's former vice-president. Photo: Getty Images

Judge who tried to free former Vice President Jorge Glas arrested in Ecuador

The Ministry of the Interior said Judge Banny Rubén Molina had an arrest warrant to be investigated for the crime of usurpation of functions.

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Judge Banny Rubén Molina, the Ecuadorian justice official who had tried to free former Vice President of the country Jorge Glas, has been arrested on his own charges.

In addition, the news of the new habeas corpus for Glas was released on Monday, which would grant him release from prison where he is serving two sentences for corruption. However, President Guillermo Lasso's government explained that, despite Judge Molina's order granting freedom, the former vice-president would not be released from prison, due to irregularities in the process.

According to Infobae, it was Friday, Aug. 5 when Judge Molina, from the Unit of Penitentiary Guarantees of Portoviejo, granted the habeas corpus and also extended it for Glas and Daniel Salcedo, imprisoned for corruption in Ecuador's hospitals during the most critical months of the pandemic in cahoots with the family of former president, Abdalá Bucaram. 

According to a press release from the President, the magistrate resolved the extension without Glas and Salcedo presenting the action.

The Judiciary Council also ruled on the case and said that Judge Molina did not have jurisdiction to grant the action for Glas. In a statement, the council pointed out that Judge Molina weighs a writ of summons to trial for the alleged crime of prevarication because in 2018, he ordered that an individual sentenced for embezzlement serve the sentence at her home. The institution explained that with the writ of summons to trial, the judge's jurisdiction is suspended, according to the regulations in force in the country.

According to the case, the defendant could face a sentence from six months to three years in prison.

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