The corruption trial for Ecuadorian Vice-President Jorge Glas began at the National Justice Court in Quito on Friday.

Prosecutors accused Glas of receiving $13.5 million (€11.3 million) in bribes from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. He faces between three and five years in jail.

SOT, Jorge Glas, suspended Vice-President (Spanish): "The evidence against the Vice-President never appeared. [The judges] have abdicated national sovereignty for not accusing the self-confessed corrupt [former head of Odebrecht in Ecuador Jose Conceicao Santos] and his company. [People of Ecuador] listen closely. Hopefully, I trust that they allow the live transmission of this trial, so that the Ecuadorian people can judge how some members of the judiciary and certain sectors of politics are acting and how this [trial] is subject to political control. This abdication of national sovereignty cannot be tolerated. Here I am, subjecting myself to the judicial system when some have given in to political pressure."

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