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Ecuador's Ex-VP Ordered Back to Prison Over Corruption


FILE - Ecuador's jailed Vice President Jorge Glas is escorted back to the courtroom for the judge's decision regarding his lawyer's habeas corpus request at the National Court, the country's highest court, in Quito, Ecuador, Oct. 15, 2017.

Authorities in Ecuador on Friday arrested former Vice President Jorge Glas, after a court ordered him back to prison to serve out the rest of a corruption sentence.

Police arrested Glas at his home in the port city of Guayaquil, according to videos posted on social media.

He did not resist arrest.

"I am going back to jail with a lot of pain for my family but as part of my personal struggle and of a political project that is living history," said Glas, who served as vice president from 2013-17.

The arrest came after a court in the southwestern province of Santa Elena struck down a lower court's ruling releasing Glas from jail for health reasons.

Glas, while serving a six-year sentence for receiving millions of dollars in kickbacks from the construction giant Odebrecht, was sentenced in January last year to a separate eight-year term for misuse of public funds.

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