For the next August 8, they were summoned to a trial for the incidents in Leuven. In the country the actions of the lojano journalist raised controversy. The controversy began last Friday when several videos were broadcast showing an incident between the lojano reporter Ramiro Cueva and the ex-president Rafael Correa.
In one of the recordings there can be a discussion at a time when the former president walks with his daughter Anne Dominique, who carries crutches, through the streets of Leuven (Belgium), where he lives since May 2017.
Then other videos circulated where he records Cueva running and a picture of him on the floor, just at the moment of his arrest.
The lojano reporter maintained that he went to Leuven to fulfill a journalistic work after the request was known for Interpol to detain the former president for the trial carried out against him for the alleged kidnapping of Fernando Balda.
He also maintained that he was persecuted by Rafael Correa and his security team. While the former president assured that he left Sunday 8 of July to make purchases with his daughter in a near store and that a man who did not recognize at first it threatened to shoot him. Then he learned that it was Ramiro Cueva and the discussion continued, so he asked the local police for help.
Correa said that citizens of Leuven and him, after calming his daughter, chased Cueva and then turned the journalist over to the police. The reporter said that he was beaten by the former president and that both were taken to the police station to give their statements, while Correa maintained that Cueva was arrested and will be prosecuted for the incident.
The first hearing is scheduled for August 8, the date on which Correa must also appear. Cueva anticipated that he will go to the diligence and the same said the former president, who said that he trusts in the justice of the European country.
While in Europe this happened, in Ecuador, ministers, assembly members, politicians opposed to Correa and journalists rejected the actions of Cueva. Among the messages that made the most impact in networks was the leader of the CREO Movement, Guillermo Lasso, who reproached the incident. “My rejection of what happened in Belgium with Rafael Correa and his daughter. That is not the way”.
Both Rafael Correa and Ramiro Cueva received samples of support and rejection in social networks and through conventional information media. Even former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso spoke on the matter, as well as press and television journalists. (I)