The captain Edwin Ortega Sevilla, who left the Navy in 2016 after having responded to a letter from then President Rafael Correa, has confronted the former Legal Secretary, Alexis Mera, whom he met on Wednesday afternoon, in a restaurant on the Malecón in Guayaquil.
Ortega has strongly rebuked Mera, whom he blamed for his departure from the Navy. Mera replied that he did not ask for him to leave.
In 2016, Ortega received a disciplinary sanction of ten days of arrest at the San Eduardo naval base, which imposed a Disciplinary Board of the Navy for allegedly disrespecting President Rafael Correa by responding to an email. The military was initially declared innocent by another Council but Correa filed a legal action that annulled that decision and ordered the installation of another to rework the case.
After several appeals to different hierarchical instances of the Navy, finally the sanction was ratified by the Council of Superior Officers, which meant his departure from the Navy. (I)