Last night, the Criminal Chamber of the National Court accepted the appeal filed by the attorney general, Galo Chiriboga, and gave the prison warrant against Pedro Delgado, president of the Central Bank of Ecuador and cousin of President President Rafael Correa.
After hearing the sentence, Chiriboga said that it would initiate the proper steps to extradite the former official, who is based in the United States carrying out documents to legalize his residence in that country. The detention order must be notified to the national police to be executed.
Meanwhile, Delgado’s defense attorney, Juan Carlos Carmigniani, said that the remand order is not enough to extradite his client and requires a final judgment and of final order. Carmigniani explained that at the moment Delgado has no passport and since February is handling the regularization process for an immigrant visa in the United States.
Delgado is accused of fraudulent use of false documents, after he admitted last December, before leaving the country, that he forged his economist title. The defense gave arguments to maintain the previous judge’s decision to withdraw the arrest warrant. However, this was maintained.