The incident between Rafael Correa and journalist Ramiro Cueva has exposed the identity of a person who is dedicated to giving personal protection to the former president in the city of Leuven, in Belgium. His name is César Vitalla López and Correa did not inform the Belgian Police that it is part of his personal protection service.
The revelation of the identity took place when the name of Vitalla López was consigned in the summons that the Belgian police do so that Ramiro Cueva appears in a Belgian court on August 8 at 8:45. According to the citation, Correa accuses Cueva of having beaten him causing injuries and blows that have left him unable to work. The injuries and the blows have caused an illness or a personal inability to work, says the document whose image is reproduced below. The citation also says that Cueva threatened an attack against Rafael Correa and his wife Anne, having made the gesture of reaching up to the waist where the victim presumed he had a weapon.
Also, on that ballot it is said that Cueva has caused injuries and blows to César Vitalla López, who is not said anywhere that he is dedicated to the protection of Correa. However, according to data on the Linkedln platform, César Vitalla López appears as a member of the personal and cooperative security firm UC Global and Facebook says that he trains in a gym called Jims in Leuven. UC Global, as it has been published by investigative journalism portals such as CódigoVidrio or Fundación Milhojas, is the firm that provided security services to Correa’s family during his government. The company also gave protection to Julian Assange and the daughters of the current president Lenin Moreno.
“By the contracts for Correa, his family, the daughters of Moreno and Assange, the Ecuadorian state disbursed up to May around 11.2 million dollars. In the case of the asylum in the embassy, the 5.7 million were covered with special funds from the Senain. The rest – some 5.5 million – was transferred by the Presidential Protection Service (SPP) from the Central Bank to an account of that firm in Bank of America, in the United States, “says journalist Arturo Torres of CodeVidrio. The report states that, according to declassified documents, the government paid monthly 95,000 dollars for the protection of Correa and his family. Who is currently paying UC Global for the protection of Correa if the Moreno government has said that it no longer funds it?
Cueva seeing the photos of Vitalla Lopez recognized him as one of the people who intercepted him and beat him with Correa and two other people. “I’m 100% sure it’s him. Even in person is stronger and more fearsome than you see in that picture, “he told 4Pelagatos.
According to the story that Cueva made to this medium, one of the other two people who beat and held him so that Correa hits him is the Spanish bodyguard with whom the former president arrived in Ecuador for the campaign of the most recent popular consultation in November of 2017. It was then known that this person was Ernesto Ruiz Alonso, another employee of UC Global.
According to Correa’s version, Cueva hit him and Vitalla López and not vice versa, as the lojano journalist has said.
The documents that were prepared after the incident in Leuven, however, give contradictory information. Meanwhile, in the citation made on the basis of Correa’s complaint, it is said that he and Vitalla López were beaten, it was Cueva, in a certificate made by a clinic in Leuven for the police of that city it is stated that Cueva He suffered serious trauma after the incident. The doctor Aude Gille, of the emergency service of the clinic Saint-Pierre d’Ottignies, says in the certificate whose image is included in this note that Ramiro Cueva entered on July 8 with bruises produced by blows received in the legs and body. The injuries have resulted in an inability to work for four days, the report says.
In a statement that Rafael Correa published under the title “To the public” does not say, on the other hand, anything about blows suffered by him or by Vitalla López. Nor does he say that he or Vitalla López have been beaten by Cueva. Why then, in the citation and in the medical certificate made to Cueva, are blows, bruises and wounds mentioned?
In that statement, Correa maintains that Cueva insulted him when he was surprised by him filming him with a cell phone. “Among other things, he says (Cueva) that ‘he does not shoot me because I’m with my daughter’ putting his hand in a bulge under his shirt, at waist height, in what was apparently a weapon “says the former president in his public statement.
According to Correa, he called the police while in the Cueva version he called his custodians. In the video of the journalist, in fact, it is seen that Correa calls someone and notifies him of the incident but he does it in Spanish and not in French. The Belgian police receives calls for help in Spanish?
Also says in its statement that Cueva has “grossly adulterated audios and videos of the cell phone that supposedly had been stolen, to make him believe, with much incoherence, that his meeting with me was fortuitous and that the one attacked by word was him “. According to Correa’s statement, Cueva was detained by the Belgian police for a day, while the Lojano journalist maintains that this never happened.
It is also striking that in Cueva’s citation it is said that Correa affirms that he and his wife Anne were threatened in the public statement not even mentioned attention that in the public statement that Correa circulated on Sunday July 15 did not say a single word about the alleged attacks he said to the Belgian police had received him and Vitalla López.
In any case, the most unlikely thing is that Cueva was able to hit Correa and Vitalla López, taking into account especially the physical conditions of the Spanish bodyguard. The photos that Vitalla López has placed on his personal Facebook page make it impossible to imagine the flimsy Cueva hitting him and even worse at the same time as Correa. (I)