Pedro Granja and Juan Vizueta, Galo Lara’s attorneys, are expected to give today to Panamanian authorities abundant documents supporting the request for political asylum made by his client, the Patriotic Society former assemblyman Galo Lara, who faces a sentence of 10 years in Ecuador after being considered an accessory to murder in the Quinsaloma case.
Lara’s defense maintains that his client is under a “political persecution.” One of the arguments of Granja is the Ecuadorian government’s decision to grant asylum to the Australian and director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange who is responsible for leaking U.S. classified information. Ecuador says that Assange is politically persecuted despite facing charges for alleged sex crimes.
They also include documents showing the corruption allegations made Lara. Among these, Granja said are the research on the sentences in the case of the National Brewery, the purchase of Chinese radars, the irregular credit given to the Argentine businessman Gaston Duzac, the forged title of the former director of the Management Unit and Implementation Public Law (Ugedep), Pedro Delgado, cousin of the leader of the regime.
For its part, the prosecution is preparing the legal basis for the National Court of Justice of Ecuador to carry out tthe extradition request, as the attorney General Galo Chiriboga, reported yesterday from Portoviejo.
Chiriboga said the trip to Panama of the Ecuadorian delegation was by order of Ecuadorian foreign minister after the request of Lara to the Panamanian government. He clarified that this action is not a political persecution.
“The Panamanian authorities decided that until a request for extradition is not made, he’s not under detention, (…) but we are preparing for extradition actions,” said Chiriboga.