Members of a commission investigating alleged corruption in President Rafael Correa’s government will seek political asylum after being threatened with lawsuits for publishing a report implicating the president and his brother, Diario Hoy reported.
Pablo Chambers, Gerardo Portilla and Jose Quishpe will seek refuge from a “friendly government” to avoid possible prison sentences, the Quito-based newspaper said today in its online edition.
The men, members of a commission appointed by the president to investigate claims that his brother, Fabricio Correa, received illegal government contracts, determined Correa knew his sibling was awarded deals worth about $700 million according to the report.
The president’s press office didn’t answer telephone calls today and Veronica Alvarez, Correa’s sub-secretary for communications, didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
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