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6 guilty of Ecuador president kill plot
« on: August 02, 2014, 09:21:56 AM »
6 guilty of Ecuador president kill plot

Saturday 02 Aug 2014 12:07p.m.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (Reuters)

A court in Ecuador convicted six police officers on Friday of attempting to assassinate President Rafael Correa during a 2010 rebellion that left 10 people dead and 274 wounded.

During the police mutiny, which erupted over bonus cuts, protesting officers besieged Correa for 12 hours inside a hospital where he had taken refuge, killing one of his bodyguards and opening fire on his armoured car before he finally escaped with an elite rescue unit.

Prosecutor Gustavo Benitez said the six convicted police had all been caught on video with "weapons, their faces covered and ready to open fire on the president."
In all, 40 people have now been convicted of involvement in the rebellion.

The six convicted on Friday are currently in detention and are expected to be sentenced in the coming days.

They face prison terms of eight to 12 years.
At the time, Correa, a socialist who has been in power since 2007, blamed the rebellion on supporters of Lucio Gutierrez, an ex-army colonel who was president from 2003 to 2005.