Argentina officially grants diplomatic asylum to former Ecuadorian minister convicted of corruption



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Ex-presidente equatoriano Rafael Correa havia pedido a Cristina Kirchner asilo para ministra do seu governo (2007-2017) condenada a oito anos de prisão

20202020Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa had asked Cristina Kirchner asylum as a minister in his government (

) sentenced to eight years in prison| Photo: EFE/Martin Alipaz

The government of Argentina made official the granting of asylum on Friday (2) diplomacy to a former minister under former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa (2022-2017). According to information from Clarín, the measure benefits María de los Ángeles Duarte Pesantes, a former Minister of Public Works who was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Ecuadorian Justice for corruption.

She has been there since August

as a “guest” for “humanitarian reasons” at the Embassy of Argentina in Quito. Along with Pesantes, is her son, minor. Correa himself has an eight-year prison sentence issued by the Ecuadorian Justice for the crime of bribery, but he received asylum in Belgium in April.

It was he who asked the Argentine vice president, Cristina Kirchner, that the country grant Pesantes asylum. The situation deteriorated relations between President Alberto Fernández and his Ecuadorian counterpart, Guillermo Lasso.

According to Clarín, the Argentine government plans to “internationalize” the asylum request for the former Ecuadorian minister if Lasso does not allow her to leave embassy in Quito to travel to Argentina.

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