The Attorney General, Galo Chiriboga said that what happened on November 19, 2003 at the Fybeca pharmacy located in Alborada, responded to a premeditated action where there were “shots in the back, moved bodies and hidden evidence.
The assault that killed eight people, better known as the Fybeca case, was processed again yesterday in the auditorium of the National Court of Justice (CNJ for its spanish acronym) in Quito, where Chiriboga told, based on the evidence of the prosecution, how the events took place.
The prosecutor said that on that day the police approached to the site with two patrols, a total of 20 officers commanded by a Mayor, whose aim was to arrest an alleged robber, but “the police opened fire on civilians who were in the establishment”, he said.
He also spoke of a protected witness who revealed that some of the victims were executed when they were facing down on the floor and not during a cross-fire between criminals and officers.
Based on this, Chiriboga issued a preventive detention order for 21 police officers for alleged extrajudicial execution, and due to their ages, the house arrest of 10 others. The request was accepted by the judge of the CNJ, Jorge Blum.