An attempt by two fugitive banker-brothers to block Ecuador’s claims that they owe $662 million was thwarted when Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gill Freeman said she didn’t have the power to intervene in foreign matters.

Ecuador accused brothers Roberto and William Isaias in a Miami-Dade Circuit Court suit of plundering bank accounts and hiding the insolvency of Filanbanco, Ecuador’s largest bank, until a 1998 financial crisis led to bailouts and government takeovers. They responded with a countersuit.

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