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Preventive custody ordered against son of Ecuador’s vice-president

Quito, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Judge Maria Fernanda Castro accepted today the request of the Attorney General's Office and ordered preventive detention against Francisco Sebastian Barreiro, son of the vice president of Ecuador, Veronica Abad.

The judicial institution informed that the measure will be for 90 days, while the fiscal instruction lasts for the crime of offer of influence peddling.

According to the Anticorruption Prosecutor, Carlos Alarcón, Barreiro asked for tithes to a person for working as Communication Coordinator of the Vice-Presidency of the Republic since his mother took office. The magistrate also detailed that the defendant and another person identified as Sebastián Redrobran, Vice-Presidential advisor, allegedly requested 1,700 dollars a month from the salary of a former official, which was 3,200 dollars, and made him sign a bill of exchange for 30,000 dollars as a guarantee to fulfill the agreement. Barreiro, the eldest of the three sons of Vice President Abad, was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Cuenca and later transferred to Quito.

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