Ramiro Aguilar, counselor of the journalists Christian Zurita and Juan Carlos Calderon, expressed his disappointment after finding out that TC Television Channel published the ruling on the “Big Brother” Case last Monday night, February 6th; a day before Aguilar received it (Tuesday, 7 in the morning).
Mercedes Portilla, 5th of Civil Judge of Pichincha, ruled against journalists Calderon and Zurita, forcing them to pay a compensation of $ 1 million each to the Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, arguing that the damage caused to the Executive would have been a spiritual harm.
But even when Aguilar asked, in the process, that Correa prove with medical test the damages that the publication of the book caused to him, the president did not compel. However, judge Portilla noted that these tests wouldn’t be of any value in favor of the victims “for the simple reason that the moral damage refers to the spiritual, immaterial, in which only the person who suffers it can indicate, being unnecessary that a professional psychiatric or psychological certify such suffering.”
Yesterday afternoon, Aguilar filed before the 5th Civil Court total appeal the judgment to be a located to a higher instance; in this case the Provincial Court of Pichincha will study the process.