Around $ 60 thousand in cash, delivered by the National Secretariat of Intelligence (Senain), were used in the operation “Balloon” or “Wilson” that had the objective of bringing from Colombia to Ecuador, the ex-legislator Fernando Balda, in 2012 .
Of that figure, $ 28 thousand were delivered to the Colombian kidnappers, who were going to take Balda from Bogotá to Ipiales, where he was to be delivered to a barracks. The announcement was made on Wednesday, June 20, by the main party involved in the case, the former senator from the Senain, Raúl Ch., During the advance testimony that he gave to the national criminal judge, Daniella Camacho, for about four and a half hours. the procedural subjects.
In detail he explained that it all began on May 3, 2012, when the then director of the Senain, Pablo R. calls his office to inform him that he has a mission in Colombia to locate Balda and therefore traveled to a meeting of opponents to the Government. It was there where he passed off as a computer entrepreneur and had contact with Balda, who offered him computer piracy or espionage equipment that supposedly provided. That’s when the negotiations began and the objective was for this reason to bring him to the country.But everything changed, when the Senain deputy manifested at several moments the annoyance that maintained the then president of the Republic, Rafael Correa, for what Balda said in social networks, especially for a case called “Mamluk”.
That case was related to accusations against the honor and modesty of the exmandatario and it was the reason why he would have been willing to bring it to the Ecuadorian politician.
Raúl Ch. Revealed that former President Correa communicated by telephone with him twice, before and after the failed operation against Fernando Balda. The former head of state would have offered him political, economic and institutional support.
Therefore, he said in his story, the exmandatario, who was given the pseudonym “Carlitos” within the operation, knew everything, because Pablo R. was in charge of reporting everything.
The former said that former intelligence director, Gen. Fausto Tamayo did not know of his incursions into Colombia, that he never gave any part of the case and that his chain of command was the former president, the former secretary of Senain Pablo R. and Special Operations of the Senain
In addition, he stressed that Diana F., another of the agents prosecuted in the case of kidnapping Balda, did not have a greater participation and that her actions were to accompany Colombia to the actions it carried out.
As for the former Jorge E., another of the defendants in this case, said that he was not aware of the operation against Fernando Balda. For several occasions in the anticipated testimony to Raúl Ch. His voice broke, he asked Balda for forgiveness, saying that he has nothing against him, since he only obeyed orders. In addition, he apologized to Ecuador and clemency to Judge Daniela Camacho. He insisted that he only fulfilled his work professionally, that he obeyed orders from superiors and that, finally, he was used in a political struggle.
In part of his speech, he revealed that after the failed operation in Colombia, in mid-August 2012, he was assigned to conduct a sweep (interception of telephones and emails) to the directors of Diario El TELÉGRAFO. Diego Chimbo, attorney for Raúl Ch., Said that his client’s participation in the case was to make contacts with Balda and take the money for the “Wilson” operation. Patricio Abad, lawyer of Fausto Tamayo, expressed his pleasure because of the testimony of Raúl Ch. It has been made clear that his client has nothing to do with the case and that he is innocent.
They denounce persecution
In as much, the bench of the Citizen Revolution of the Assembly assures that there is a political persecution against ex-president Correa, who seeks to incriminate him for the kidnapping of Fernando Balda. The legislator for Azuay, Juan Cristóbal Lloret, said that there are three actions of the Justice that show the political burden of the case.
Therefore, the assembly members are not surprised at the possibility that the former president may apply for asylum in Belgium. “It’s your personal right,” answered Lloret, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues. The first alleged abuse took place on Tuesday, June 19, when the State Prosecutor’s Office requested the departure of police Raul Ch., The main plagiarist, from the Cuatro Prison in Quito to take him to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
This transfer was not informed to the other actors of the criminal process, which is a threat to due process. However, the lawyer of Raúl Ch. Pointed out that the appearance was part of the process of effective cooperation, which is secret and without the participation of the other parties to the proceedings. (I)