In the same way that former President Rafael Correa, prosecuted for the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, presented seven international observers to monitor the development of the trial preparatory hearing for the crimes of illicit association and kidnapping, the alleged victim of this case also presented on Monday a list of seven people who make up his civic commission.
Walter Hugo Vaca, José Patricio Zuquilanda, Simón Bolívar Zabala, Pablo Alberto Ricaurte, Jhoana Gabriela Salazar, Ronald Iván Runruil and Raúl Armando Mora are the names of the citizens that Balda brought to the attention of Judge Daniela Camacho yesterday afternoon. According to him, these observers of the judicial process have been accredited as such.
Yesterday only five of the seven mentioned arrived. Mora said that the Constitution and the Law of Citizen Participation allow citizens to organize themselves to “supervise, control and verify and audit” judicial processes.
Last Thursday, Correa’s defender, Caupolicán Ochoa, asked Judge Camacho to provide access to the proceedings of the observers Christophe Marchand of Belgium; Antonio Ingroia, from Italy; Hugo Gutiérrez, from Chile; Rubén Jerez, from Chile; Jacopo Paffarini, from Brazil; David Araméndiz Guzmán, from Colombia; and Gisella Oberti, from Argentina.
Over the weekend, this group released a statement in which it objected to the development of the trial. (I)