The Supreme Court gives former President Saka the green light to seek his release early this year
The circuit judges confirmed that Saka had fulfilled his 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence on October 29, 2026 in October of this year, which opens the doors to requesting his early release, according to judicial sources.
This day, the Mixed Chamber of Traffic and Prisons Control confirmed the decision of the Second Prisons Watch, which indicates that former President Elias Antonio Saca, who has admitted to be corrupt, should serve a prison sentence in October 2026, so in October of this year she will serve half the sentence and will be able to request Early release, according to court sources.
Last September, the aforementioned court ruled that Saka should serve his prison sentence on October 29, 2026, which means that he will serve half the sentence on October 29 of this year, and he may request early release, according to judicial sources.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office asked the department to cancel this charge because it was reduced to two years in prison and also because he should have been suspended from a ten-year prison sentence for acts of corruption until he served a two-year prison sentence for bribery.
The judge said, “Mr. Saka was arrested on October 30, 2016, so he will have to serve a ten-year prison sentence on October 29, 2026.” Half of the sentence (5 years) will be executed on October 28, 2021; And on June 27, 2023, he will serve two-thirds of his sentence, according to the judge
Saka was sentenced in September 2018 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to plundering $ 301 million from the state, but the conviction was not final until December 2019.
In September 2019, Saka was also sentenced to two years in prison for admitting to paying a court employee $ 10,000 for assisting in the illicit enrichment process of his former private secretary Elmer Charlex.
That sentence was months later, so it was the first time he began to comply with it.
So for the attorney general’s office, the ten-year prison sentence should have been suspended in the corruption case, and when the two-year bribery penalty expired, then, continue with this calculation.
In the first calculation made by the aforementioned court, Saka had to complete 10 years of the $ 301 million case on October 27, 2028, according to court sources.
The defense requested that the court’s decision be revoked and the Prison and Transit Control Department ordered a new calculation of the ten-year prison sentence in the corruption case, but without interrupting the two years they had already spent paying the bribe.