Ecuadorian lawyer Pablo Guerrero Martínez, a former presidential hopeful and political exile in the Czech Republic after being accused of terrorism and boycott in 2011, returned today to Ecuador after spending seven years abroad.
Guerrero, 49, was charged in March 2011 with the crime of terrorism and boycott for breaking into a public television station on September 30, 2010, with a group of supporters, give his opinion on the reform of the public service law.
The then head of state Rafael Correa came to the site of the demonstration to explain the reform but, after being attacked, he was trapped in a police hospital, where he was released at night in a special Army operation.
Guerrero criticized the previous government and said that in his opinion, current president Lenin Moreno, a coreligionist of Correa, is politically abducted by sympathizers of the former president.
After thanking those who went to see him at the airport, he stressed that he has a “peaceful commitment to fight and rehabilitate the republican principles and liberal virtues Eloy Alfaro to us,” referring to the two-time president of Ecuador (1897-1901 and 1906-1911) that led the so-called liberal revolution in the country (1895-1924).
On July 2, 2012, Guerrero Martínez obtained the status of political exile by the Czech Republic.
The Czech Ministry of the Interior then considered that Guerrero “developed an activity aimed at exercising political rights and freedoms in his homeland, and he was persecuted for his activism.” (I)