The decision Judge Nina Pacari made surprised President Rafael Correa, she denied four of the five questions for the referédum in her report.
This report was not supposed to go public until the Constitutional Court Main Assembly knows it. Although the news took Correa by surprise, he said he expected them because Pacari belongs to the “opposition party.”
Question 1, the only one approved by Pacari, is about the revocation of custody, however, the judge has made established as a condition for it to include an alternate text. The other four questions, relating to Prison precautionary measures (2), the limitation of property owners and media banking (3) and restructuring of Justice (4 and 5) should go to a Constituent Assembly due to judge Pacari rejection.
On the other hand, Judge Robert Bhrunis, approved the five questions referring to legal reforms: the criminalization of the private illicit enrichment, the prohibition of spectacles in which animals are killed, the prohibition of gambling, the creation of a council for regulating the contents of the press and the imprisonment as punishment for not joining to IESS (Social Security).
The reports given by the two judges should be known by the Main Assembly Court, which should define a final decision until 21 February.
Reports can be accepted, rejected or modified, this requires a vote of five of the nine judges who are members of the Main Assembly Court: Patricio Pazmino, Roberto Bhrunis, Nina Pacari, Edgar Zarate, Alfonso Luz, Manuel Viteri, Hernando Morales, Ruth Seni Pinoargote and Francisco Herrera.
Source: El Universo