Ecuador’s justice system releases dangerous criminals with help from judges, police officers, and lawyers

In Ecuador, the Prosecutor’s Office conducted raids and arrested various individuals including judges, former judges, judicial officials, practicing lawyers, and police officers in eight provinces. These individuals are being investigated for facilitating the release of dangerous criminals through legal maneuvers and abuse of the law. The operations took place in El Oro, Azuay, Manabí, Pichincha, Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Guayas, and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. The prosecution stated that the raids were related to organized crime, illicit enrichment, and influence peddling across various sectors.

The goal of these actions is to root out corruption within the justice system that has become a vicious circle of illegal activities. The Prosecutor’s Office emphasized its commitment to combating this corruption and ensuring that there is no impunity for those involved in criminal activities. Images released by the institution showed police and ministry agents carrying out raids and arrests of individuals connected to irregular practices granting freedom in exchange for favors or money.

The exact number of people arrested nationwide and specific cases leading to this operation known as Plaga have not been disclosed. Last year, a case revealed significant involvement of drug trafficking in various sectors of Ecuadorian society including justice police politics prosecutor’s office. This investigation was triggered by messages sent by a drug trafficker prior to his death in prison which revealed extensive networks of corruption.

Over the past few years Ecuadorian government has been investigating cases of corruption particularly during former presidents Rafael Correa Lenín Moreno Guillermo Lasso administrations several high-ranking officials have been imprisoned or fled country due these investigations . President Daniel Noboa declared an internal armed conflict labeled certain organized crime groups as terrorists after series violent incidents country has been on high alert since then with fears further criminal attacks heightened military presence combat threats Noboa emphasized need confront drug terrorism maintain security within Ecuador

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