Ecuador Court Upholds Pro-Correa Libel Verdict

Published February 16, 2012 5:36AM (EST)

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's highest court has upheld the criminal libel verdict favoring President Rafael Correa, including three-year prison terms for three executives and a columnist of the opposition newspaper El Universo and a total of $42 million in damages.

The defendants have called case a blatant attempt by Correa to bankrupt the paper.

Rights groups say it is part of a concerted campaign by Correa to stifle free speech and silence critics.

By Salon Staff

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