Judicial aberrations that have just been perpetrated in this country are bloodcurdling. And its purposes, despicable. mass expulsion of persons: a crime against humanity. Juan Pablo Albán, the lawyer who led the defense team of the 120 Cubans who were expelled from Ecuador between 9 and 13 July accounts for this. In these 10 fragments of testimony he tells how the legal and police apparatus of the Correism is able to crawl through levels of inhumanity and moral misery that had not been seen in the country since the ominous year 1986.
“I do not want to use the word deportation because deportation is a legal institution of immigration law. These people were not deported, they were expelled. Expulsion is configured when it occurs in a collective way and not individually. It is true that there were hearings for all of them but the logic of the hearings was that of a fleeting procedure where there was no possibility of preparing a defense. And the judges had no patience to hear anything. “Talk fast -they said,- you have five minutes.”
Everything was just mechanical and predestined to produce an expulsion result. To this we must add the ministerial agreements for collective expulsion. The initial ones, because they then forged documents ex post to say that there was a ministerial agreement for each detainee. But I was at the airport the day of the second expulsion and saw the ministerial agreement of the 46 expelled people: it was document No. 46, just one. Without a list. And this is a collective expulsion, expressly prohibited by the Constitution and listed as a crime against humanity by the Rome Statute.”