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