Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was sentenced on Tuesday to eight years in prison, in absentia, for the crime of "aggravated bribery" by the National Court of Justice in his home country.

In statements made on Wednesday to RT from his current home in Brussels via videoconference, Correa gave his opinion on the court ruling, stating that "this is nonsense" and that "they have left many gaps in this accusation.”

The Ecuadorian Prosecutor's Office alleged that Correa and others had accepted financing for his political party, Alianza PAÍS, from private companies in return for state contracts. According to this ruling, Correa and former Vice President Jorge Glas are considered "perpetrators at the instigation of aggravated bribery."

In addition to prison, the sentence includes a ban on political participation for a period of 25 years and the payment of a fee in concept of damages.

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