April 14, 2024 3:16 pm
Ecuador’s justice system releases dangerous criminals with help from judges, police officers, and lawyers

In recent times, the Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s Office has carried out raids and arrests of various individuals in eight provinces of the country. These individuals include judges, former judges, judicial officials, practicing lawyers, and police officers who are being investigated for facilitating the release of dangerous criminals through legal maneuvers and abuse of power. The operations took place in El Oro, Azuay, Manabí, Pichincha, Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Guayas, and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.

The prosecution emphasized that the goal of these actions is to root out corruption within the justice system that has become a vicious cycle of illegal activities. They highlighted their commitment to combating this corruption and ensuring that there is no impunity for those involved in criminal activities. Images released by the institution showed police and ministry agents carrying out raids and arrests of individuals connected to irregular practices granting freedom in exchange for favors or money.

The exact number of people arrested nationwide and specific cases that led to this operation known as Plaga have not been disclosed yet. Last year a case revealed significant involvement of drug trafficking across various sectors including justice, police politics, and prosecutor’s office which was triggered by an examination of messages sent by a drug trafficker prior to his death in prison revealing extensive networks of corruption.

Over the past few years Ecuadorian government has been investigating cases of corruption particularly during the administrations of former presidents Rafael Correa, Lenín Moreno and Guillermo Lasso. Several high-ranking officials have been imprisoned or fled the country as a result of these investigations. In response to violent incidents President Daniel Noboa declared an internal armed conflict labeling certain organized crime groups as terrorists. The country has been on high alert since then with fears further criminal attacks and heightened military presence to combat these threats with Noboa emphasizing the need to confront drug terrorism and maintain security within Ecuador

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