Ecuador prosecutors request house arrest for ex-president

ECUADOR’s prosecutor’s office yesterday requested former president Lenin Moreno be placed under house arrest for allegedly receiving bribes from a Chinese firm in exchange for a contract to build the country’s largest hydroelectric dam.

Moreno, who was president from 2017 to 2021, and 36 others are suspected of receiving about US$76 million (RM340 million) in bribes, “the highest amount prosecuted for acts of corruption” in Ecuador, according to the prosecutor’s office.