Chancellor Ricardo Patiño, stated that the Ecuadorian government believes its ‘impossible’ to allow the precautionary measures requested by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) that favour the directors of El Universo and the former editor of opinion Emilio Palacio after the sentence for libel accusations.
Meanwhile the Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa announced that he has already made a decision regarding such case. Correa will make his announcement public with an open letter to the Ecuadorian people.
IACHR has requested the Ecuadorian state to suspend the sentence and called both sides to a hearing scheduled for March 28. During a press conference Patiño, accompanied by Correa, said, “this is a clear violation of the institutions of our country (…) There is a fully functional judicial system that must be respected, you can not ask the government to go to courts and ask it to not to apply a sentence.”
Correa stated, “I will never allow that even this legitimate personal claims affect my country and the citizen revolution that no one, not the corrupt press along with international autocracies can stop now.” (AV)