The Legislative Administrative Council (CAL) of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Ecuador today qualified the request for a political impeachment trial against the president of the National Council of the Judiciary (CNJ), Gustavo Jalkh, accused of an alleged breach of duty.
The interpellant, Esteban Bernal, from the movement CREO (center right); and Raúl Tello, from the independent United for Pastaza Movement; accuse Jalkh of not having respected, supposedly, due process for the appointment of several authorities in the Judicial Branch.
Bernal maintains his accusation in a report from the State Comptroller’s Office, in the sense that the Judicial Council supposedly approved the appointment of candidates to fiscal agents who had obtained a lower score in the admission tests compared to others supposedly better qualified.
It is also based on an “urgent act” presented by the State Prosecutor’s Office against Jalkh for an alleged influence peddling, extremes denied by the head of the Judicial Council.
The process has yet to complete several phases, especially the presentation of evidence of charge and discharge, to eventually reach the full Assembly.
The qualification of the political trial against Jalkh in the CAL is given a few days after the head of the Council of Citizen Participation and Transitional Political Control (Cpccs-t), Julio César Trujillo, anticipated actions against the head of the Judiciary for alleged irregularities in the performance of his position. (I)