Ecuador: Ecuador ex-president held under house arrest in corruption probe

A judge in Ecuador on Thursday (Aug 13) placed former president Abdala Bucaram under house arrest over his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal blamed in the murder of an Israeli prison inmate, the public prosecutor said.

Abdala, who claims to be the victim of government persecution, will be under “police surveillance 24 hours a day,” the public prosecutor said.

The 68-year-old, who was removed from office in 1997 after just six months, was arrested on Wednesday, accused of links to organised crime as part of an investigation into overpriced hospital supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.

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