About thirty elements allowed the prosecutor Fabián Salazar to link former President Rafael Correa and his former defense minister, Javier Ponce, to the investigation into the murder of Froilán Jiménez, which occurred in 30S.
The command of the Intervention and Rescue Group (GIR) was assassinated while protecting the departure of the former president, who remained in the Police Hospital, during the police revolt on September 30, 2010.
By the jurisdiction of the National Court that both ex-officers enjoy, the case will be investigated by Prosecutor Paúl Pérez Reina. Previously, Salazar followed the regular organ and referred the case to his superior, Pichincha prosecutor Ruth Palacios.
The fiscal instruction for extrajudicial execution was opened on September 5 against the military Wilson Reina and Vicente Nájera.
Both have alternatives to pretrial detention. They would have been assigned to the site from where the shots that ended Jimenez’s life on the day of the police revolt.
In their versions they affirmed that they fulfilled a superior order of command. With this, according to the prosecutor, would configure the chain of command and would understand the provisions given in the case by the higher authorities “that allowed the occurrence of the crime of extrajudicial execution.”
These provisions came from a plan carried out by the Armed Forces to remove the former president from the police hospital.
In one of the reports presented by the military commanders it is established that the former president, based on a telephone contact, “arranges for the Minister of National Defense and the chief of the Joint Command to be rescued.”
In the document signed by General Jorge Peña Cobeña, former General Director of Operations of the Joint Command, it is also noted that for the purpose “it is coordinated, both personally and by telephone, with elements of the President’s security.”
That report for Prosecutor Salazar “would justify the investigation of the jurisdiction of National Court to Correa and Ponce.
This element is reinforced by the report of former Army Commander Luis Castro. In a report he said that there is a preparatory order in which they ask him to “organize, plan and execute a rescue operation” of the former head of state.
The police revolt left five dead: two policemen, two soldiers and a civilian, more than 100 wounded (among them, 42 soldiers), lost weapons, affected buildings, among other things.
The night of Wednesday and the dawn of yesterday the reconstruction of the facts was done outside the police hospital.
During the Correa regime, the 30S Commission was formed, which determined that what happened that day was a “soft coup”. After the controversy that generated a supposed report with indications about this commission, the Comptroller’s Office began examining the expenses of the Senain, related to 30S.
By the police revolt, more than a thousand uniformed were investigated. Proceedings were opened for attempted assassination, paralysis of public services, terrorism, sabotage, among other charges. The biggest sentence was received by six police officers who were sentenced to 12 years in prison. That and other cases were taken to the Council of the Judiciary to be investigated at the table against impunity.
Second attempt in case Balda
Judge Daniella Camacho reinstated on September 21, at 1:00 pm, the preparatory hearing for the trial against former President Rafael Correa and others, investigated for illicit association and plagiarism by the Balda case.
In the diligence will be received the observations of the parties on the absentee opinion issued by the prosecutor Paúl Pérez in favor of former police commander Fausto Tamayo and intelligence agent Jorge Espinosa.
The requests for an abbreviated procedure presented by the ex-agents Raúl Chicaiza and Diana Falcón, the main suspects to plan the attempted kidnapping that Fernando Balda suffered in August 2012 in Colombia, will also be resolved.
With the situation of the four defendants resolved, the procedure will continue for former President Correa and former Secretary of Senain Pablo Romero.
If the judge calls them to trial, the process will be suspended because they cannot be tried in absentia. (I)