The trial hearing against former President Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz was postponed to November 9, the State Attorney General’s Office reported .
The diligence, for the alleged crime of arms and ammunition trafficking, was scheduled for this Thursday, October 22. However, the defense and the ex-president requested the change of date alleging health reasons for their client.
Alfredo Arboleda, the former president’s lawyer, reiterated that his client’s situation is very delicate. He indicated that the doctor ordered 20 days of bed rest, with controlled ambulation from October 19 to November 8, the date on which he will have to perform a reassessment and control.
According to the medical certificate that EL TELÉGRAFO newspaper had access to , Bucaram is a patient who presents a picture of previous coronary angioplasties, arterial hypertension, arrhythmias and with an implantable cardio defibrillator pacemaker.
“He is a patient with a high probability of recurrent angina and complex ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death,” said José Gabriel Vivas, an interventional cardiologist.
Arboleda acknowledged that the rest time that was arranged for the former president, due to his condition, is insufficient, since the day after his rest ends he would have to go to the hearing, a situation that would generate stress and tension due to the legal process .
In this sense, the lawyer indicated that they are presenting the situation with the respective support to the authorities.
The legal defender indicated that the judge in the case requested an expert opinion on the health of the ex-president. For this reason, he warned that the medical results of his client were not manipulated by any doctor, but that it was an analysis carried out by computer, which shows the veracity of the analyzes.
“We have not opposed their coming. That is in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office to order when and where they are going to do the expert opinion, ”he replied.
The lawyer pointed out that the case for the alleged crime of arms trafficking is not even close to prescribing and he does not understand what is the rush of the administration of justice to sentence him.
The process began in a raid
On June 3, the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office raided the former president’s house for an investigation into the irregular sale of medical supplies. However, during the operation, the agents found firearms, without documentation to justify possession.
Article 362 of the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code (COIP) defines the crime of trafficking in firearms, chemical, nuclear and biological weapons with imprisonment of between 5 and 7 years.
The former president, who is under house arrest, is also on trial for two other crimes. The first for organized crime, in which three other gendarmes of the Metropolitan Transit Agency (AMT) are linked .
The second, for trafficking in patrimonial goods. In these last two cases, his son Jacobo Bucaram Pulley is also linked. (I)