Ecuador Vice-President Jorge Glas sentenced for corruption in Brazilian construction case

The Vice-President of Ecuador has been sentenced to six years in jail in connection with corruption at the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Mr Jorge Glas is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted in the scandal that has spread across Latin America and further afield. Prosecutors said he took 13.5 million dollars in bribes.

The president had removed his duties from him, and he had been in preventative custody since October. He is the highest-ranking politician to be convicted in the Odebrecht scandal.