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On Monday, a court in Ecuador sentenced former Vice President Jorge Glas, already serving a jail term, to another eight years in prison for theft of public funds in connection with the allocation of an oil deal.

The court confirmed that it found Glas guilty of the crime of embezzlement, along with two of the co-perpetrators, former energy ministers.

Glas is currently serving a six-year sentence as part of a graft investigation after he earned millions of dollars in kickbacks.

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He was accused of obtaining $13.5 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian building firm, and has been incarcerated since 2017 in Latacunga, south of Quito.

He served as vice president between 2013 and 2017 under leftist Rafael Correa and until he was stripped of his office in 2018 under President Lenin Moreno.

In the latest case, in a scheme the prosecutor’s office said cost the country $28 million, he is accused of being illicitly awarded an oil field deal.

Glas was also sentenced last year to another eight-year jail term for graft along with former manager Correa.

In Belgium, Correa remains in exile and declares political repression.

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