Ecuadorean Journalist Granted Asylum in Miami

By: Reuters.com

Aug 30 (Reuters) – A newspaper columnist who fled Ecuador after he was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay millions of dollars in a libel case pushed by President Rafael Correa has been granted asylum in the United States, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Emilio Palacio, a columnist at El Universo, one of Ecuador’s leading newspapers, has been living in Miami since last year. He applied for asylum claiming he was a victim of political persecution.

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