Ecuador: Casino executive sentenced to prison for offending officials

Posted on August 29, 2012 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Human Rights Latin America

After nearly three years of trial, Jaime Solorzano Invermun exejecutivo of casinos, was sentenced yesterday to three months in prison and ordered to pay damages for contempt of offending a public official. The judgment convicting the Ninth Court of Criminal, in Quito, Patrick headed cow. The holder of the Court invoked article 231 of the Penal Code which provides that: “Whoever with threats, insults, threats, or violence, offend any of the public officials (…) when the latter are in office, or by reason of such exercise shall be punished with imprisonment of fifteen days three months and a fine of 50 to 300 sucres “. Read Article

“That article, however, contradicts international human rights treaties and the Constitution because it violates the freedom of expression, as in criminal law that offense is contempt,” said Santiago Guarderas, knowledgeable legal issue.

That contradiction that standard should no longer have value. For Solórzano, the Court must “hold harmless to the defendant because the rules are opposed,” said Guarderas.

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