The ex-secretary of Intelligence, Pablo Romero, with an order of preventive detention since February 2017 for the kidnapping of ex-legislator Fernando Balda, has been arrested in Madrid, this morning, as reported by Interpol.
On May 31, the judge of Criminal Guarantees of the National Court of Justice, Daniela Camacho, linked Romero and the former director of Intelligence of the Police, Fausto Tamayo, in the investigation for the kidnapping of Balda and issued a prison order against both. Romero was National Intelligence Secretary in 2012, appointed by then President Rafael Correa, and exercised those functions on the date that Balda was kidnapped in Bogotá.
Prosecutor Paúl Torres asked the judge to request Interpol to locate and capture Romero, after demonstrating at a hearing that officials and public resources for the Balda kidnapping were used. He quotes two checks from the special intelligence account of 10 thousand and 11 thousand dollars each, which were given to agent Luis Chicaiza, who traveled to Colombia to execute the order.
The whereabouts of Romero was unknown since 2017. Tamayo, however, is in prison serving a sentence for the case of police passes. (I)