Ministry of Justice says Sofía Espín and Yadira Cadena were not on the visiting list and went to jail
The subrogante minister of Justice, Liliana Guzmán, assured that the correísta Assemblywoman Sofía Espín and the lawyer Yadira Cadena, of the team that defends Rafael Correa, did not appear in the registration logbook and that on Monday, September 24, they entered without authorization to visit Diana Falcón, protected witness who accused the former president of the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, who was detained at the Priority Feminine Social Rehabilitation Center in Quito.
“None of the two visits that entered the Center were registered neither as ordinary visits nor as extraordinary,” Guzmán said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, September 27, 2018, in Quito.
Falcón, a former intelligence officer, is being prosecuted for the kidnapping of Fernando Balda and is a witness in the investigation. On Tuesday, the 25th, the day after the visit, the State Attorney General, Paúl Pérez, accused former President Rafael Correa of illicit association and kidnapping of the ex-ambassador Balda (opposition) perpetrated in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2012.
After highlighting the irregular Entrance of Espín, ex-collaborator of Jorge Glas, and Cadena to jail on the last Monday, Guzmán said he contacted the former director of the Women’s Rehabilitation Center and asked for a report on the events that occurred. On that basis, the subrogated Minister filed a complaint with the Office of the Prosecutor for a criminal investigation to be initiated.
Este 27 de septiembre del 2018, Yadira Cadena se acreditó en la Corte como defensora de Rafael Correa, tres días después de que ingresara a la cárcel para hablar con la testigo Diana Falcón junto a la asambleísta correísta Sofía Espín » https://t.co/dwC2sWbsZs pic.twitter.com/wvpFeYWlxZ— El Comercio (@elcomerciocom) September 27, 2018
The Ministry of Justice reported that it decided to initiate an investigation of the officials of this State Portfolio that work in the women’s prison, located in the south of Quito, so that in the case of non-compliance of functions, administrative sanctions are applied. Before the press conference of the Ministry of the Interior, Assemblywoman Espín wrote on Twitter: “I will ask for certification of blog and videos, care is lost by quantum magic.”
De la información recabada, la Asamb. Espín no se registró ni fue autorizada para ingresar al CRS Femenino. “Burló” todos los controles. Enviaremos una petición a la Fiscalía a que investigue e iniciaremos acciones administrativas que determinen las responsabilidades del caso.— Paúl Granda (@PaulGranda) September 27, 2018
Sr. Granda no mienta. No ingresé en paracaídas ni como fantasma, entré como una ciudadana común, me pidieron cédula, me pusieron sello en la muñeca. ¡Decir que burlé controles es una farsa!— Sofía Espín Reyes (@SofiaEspinRC) September 27, 2018
Pediré certificación de bitácora y videos, cuidado se pierden por arte de magia cuántica. pic.twitter.com/Eo6UjTFzEk
In this regard, the Assistant Minister of Justice, Liliana Guzmán, responded to Espin: “Assemblyman, in order to join the CRS Femenino you did not comply with the procedure established in the visitation regime.” Report, videos and blog are proof of this. CRS officials who would have breached current regulations.”
Similarly, Guzmán asked the Interior Ministry to make the respective inquiries about the police officers who were outside the prison when Espín and Cadena’s visit took place. (I)