Ex President Rafael Correa might go to trial for not showing up to an audience
There is a possibility that the ex president, Rafael Correa, could go to trial for not showing up to a hearing. The charges have been presented by the Ecuadorian National Court of Justice. The hearing will be this Wednesday, August 7th, at nine o’clock in the morning.
The lawyer Ramiro García believes that former President Correa can go to trial is he does not show up to this hearing. García adds that Correa has been linked to the criminal charges, and that the hearing will discuss if Rafael Correa is potentially culptir in the acts of bribery.
Antonio López, another jurist, clarifies that Mr. Correa cannot change the date of the hearing, since he was already given an extension the previous time. In addition, he informed that by the same law, the code does not allow for another extension of the term.
Therefore, the judge in charge of the hearing can summon former President Correa, and set a trial against him. This opens the possibility of Correa appearing before a criminal court in front of three judges of the National Chamber.
Source: El Universo