Some things became clear after seeing the version of the lojano journalist Ramiro Cueva about his incident with Rafael Correa in Leuven, in Belgium, where he went to do journalistic coverage on the former president.
To begin with is the fact that Correa has a personal protection service that, if the government of Lenin Moreno is believed to have said that he withdrew the entire custody system for the former president, should be private and paid for by him or his friends. . The system has, according to Cueva in his report, three people in charge of the security of the former president.
The other thing that draws attention, and that is clearly seen in the video, is that Correa, when calling his bodyguards, does it by telephone and in Spanish, which would mean, that the custodians are not Belgians. In addition, it is visible that the former president remains calm and does absolutely nothing against Cueva while they are not with him.
While Cueva’s video cannot be seen, the loyal journalist’s version points out that only when the bodyguards act and have it reduced, Correa gives vent to his outrage and hits him. “He gave me eight or nine blows,” says Cueva, who admits that the former president won him “by a landslide”; of course, only in the presence of their custodians.
Indeed, the video shows a moment in which Cueva rebukes Correa because, according to him, the former president told him “soplapito” and “corrupt press” when he caught him filming his cars, which, according to the journalist’s version, are three. While Cueva rebukes him and accuses him of being a thief, Correa calls someone on the phone who, it turns out, are his custodians who launch themselves in a race to reach him.
One of Correa’s daughters appears with him, with crutches under her arm, and threatens Cueva with filming him. Cueva tells him to do it quietly and that there is no problem. “Return what you took, vulgar scoundrel,” Cueva yells to Correa. The journalist maintains that what outraged him and led him to remonstrate with Correa was the term “soplapito”, which, he said, has a clear sexual connotation in the lower worlds of Guayaquil. You can also see Correa telling Cueva to take out his gun, which for the journalist is absurd because if he had had a gun in a country like Belgium, he would have been imprisoned for at least four years.
The third most important thing that is seen is that Cueva is not stopped by the Belgian police for having violated Correa’s privacy, as many of his supporters wanted to make appear on social networks, or that the alleged detention was managed by the residents of the neighborhood. place, as they also assured it. At no time of the report is the police arrested Cueva and not even those who claimed in networks that such a thing had happened presented evidence of the alleged arrest.
According to Cueva himself, he and Correa were taken to a police station where the former president reported the journalist as a terrorist act. Both are scheduled for August 9 to testify before a court in Brussels, said the journalist who said he will be there “to give the face.” According to Cueva, Correa must prove that he is a terrorist since the accusation, in a country plagued by terrorism like Belgium, is something very serious.
According to the program that Cueva transmitted through the Facebook page of its television channel, Ecotel, it is clearly observed that its intention is purely journalistic. Cueva arrives in Leuven in order to see if the versions of whether Correa stopped living in Belgium are true or not, as a result of the prison order that was pronounced against him in Ecuador. For two days, says Cueva, he was trying to spot the former president to have a shot that shows he lives in that city where he has a department that he bought with part of the money Banco del Pichincha had to pay him after a trial. With that eagerness Cueva interviews two neighbors of South American origin who know Correa and who even speak very well of him. Both say that the former Ecuadorian president is unjustly persecuted for politicized justice, as they see in Ecotel’s video.
From what you see in the report and what the journalist says, the idea was to go to there after having been in the Russian World Cup and make a report on the life of the former president. Cueva does what any journalist would do when visiting the city abroad where a relevant public figure lives like Correa: arrive at the place, interview people, describe the city and make inquiries to determine the exact location of the department of the former president who arrives, finally, thanks to a geolocation system entering the name of Correa’s wife.
If there is something that can be reproached to work of Cueva is that, on his initiative, he goes to the Brussels Police Department in order to inform the exact address of Correa’s home, in case the operative is ordered for his arrest. A journalist, does not seem to remember or not know Cueva, does not have to collaborate with the police to arrest a person about who is doing an investigation. In any case, that the lojano journalist has gone to the police station makes it clear that he was not doing a clandestine activity, as the radical correismo affirmed in social networks. (I)