Ecuador: 42,000 police face lie-detector tests

Thursday 18 August 2011 00:00 BST

All of Ecuador's 42,000 officers will have to take lie-detector tests to root out corruption, the country's police chief has decreed.

General Wilson Alulema's announcement follows an order by President Rafael Correa for the service to be modernised after a mutiny in the ranks last September over employment benefits that the politician described as an attempted coup.

General Alulema also announced incentives for officers to report dishonest colleagues. He previously complained about judges reinstating corrupt officers he had suspended.

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