Case Balda: ‘kidnapping’ operation checks were declassified
The Comptroller sent this Monday, June 18, 2018, another key piece of the kidnapping case to the ex-ambassador Fernando Balda to the Office of the Prosecutor, as part of the investigations carried out. This is information related to operating expenses, which was requested by the Prosecutor’s Office and which was classified as reserved.
In the document sent to the prosecutor in charge, Paúl Pérez, it was confirmed that two checks with the numbers 559 and 560 were drawn from the current account No. 7272917 of Banco del Pacífico for USD 10 000 and 11 280, in favor of the former intelligence agent Raúl Chicaiza The holder of this bank account is the General Directorate of Intelligence of the Police and both checks are from June 6, 2012, which in turn were collected through a window one day later.
The control body, in addition, sent a copy of a document called “Annex 2”, which was signed by the advisor of the National Intelligence Secretariat (Senain) and by the coordinator of special expenses of this entity, in the period of 1 from June to August 31, 2012. From this office it appears that one of the operations carried out by the Secretariat was called “Kidnapping”.
The comptroller in charge Pablo Celi also indicated that the Senain did not render accounts and, therefore, was not judged any operation known as “Wilson”.
This information, which was sent this Monday, was declassified with the endorsement of the Minister of Defense, Oswaldo Jarrín. (I)