Pedro Delgado, former president of the Central Bank of Ecuador and cousin of the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, filed a request today to the Court of Miami so that the citation that follows him from Ecuador regarding the judicial process of Robert and William Isaias (former owners of Filanbanco) is canceled, so that he does not have to testify against himself, Delgado was set to appear on Monday.
In the request, Delgado said that due to “the Government of Ecuador and its judiciary, overseeing this process and the testimonies given, have mounted a persecution” against him.
In this way and in the courts of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade Florida, said the Court of Justice of Ecuador ordered his arrest as a result of the testimony that he gave in that case on last September 17 and that it “was related to the academic title (…) and his ability to carried out his former duties (…), which led to the resignation, and contempt in their country.”
In that trial Delgado testified under oath that he had not obtained an undergraduate degree in Ecuador, but he did studied at the Catholic University of Quito. Delgado’s order indicates that parts of the process (Ecuador and the Isaias) have submitted written reasons but not “relevant materials to force Delgado to testify against himself“, “and there’s no reason to exceed his right to remain silent.”
Therefore, the former official hides and seeks to “protect himself against self-incrimination in accordance with the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”