A Belgian judge set for next September 7, 2018 the hearing where the complaint filed by former President Rafael Correa against the lojano journalist Ramiro Cueva, director of the local channel Ecotel TV, will be aired after the altercation happened in Leuven the past July 8 After the incident, the exmandatario accused the communicator of having assaulted him and his bodyguards.
In a dialogue with Fundamedios, Cueva assured that the hearing originally scheduled for August 8 was postponed following the decision of the Judge, who took into account that the parties were not involved. The lojano sent his lawyer representative, Emmanuel Ruchat, and Correa to a lawyer who, according to the journalist, is not the one who officially represented him in this case.
Cueva also filed a criminal complaint against the former president and two of his bodyguards, César López Vitalla and Juan Ernesto Alonso Ruiz, of Spanish nationality, for four reasons, according to the document that Fundamedios had access to.
The first, because of the attack on “Organized gang”, which refers to the physical aggressions perpetrated against them; the second, by illicit association of the bodyguards who, according to the defense of the journalist, worked illegally in Belgium; the third for defamation, for having accused him of being an aggressor and carrying a weapon; and the fourth for theft of his cell phone, at the time of the altercation.
Cueva said that the judge ordered the opening and investigation of this process by which an additional hearing should be convened and commented that the elements they have, which includes a medical part of the blows received, trusts that the Belgian justice will sanction the ex-president with penalties that could range from six months to one year in prison.
After the altercation, Cueva assured that he went to that country to carry out a journalistic coverage, after knowing the request to Interpol to arrest the former president in the case of the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, who is investigating Ecuadorian justice.
Cueva said that when Correa saw him, he insulted him saying “corrupt press” and “soplapitos”, a fact that ended in an altercation and physical aggressions.
The lojano journalist asserted that Correa called for his personal security and, after being persecuted, was beaten by the politician and an agent.
However, Correa said in a public statement that he went shopping with his daughter to a nearby store and that a man he did not recognize at first threatened to shoot him.
Then he learned that it was Ramiro Cueva and the discussion continued, so he asked the local police for help and they managed to capture him with the help of the neighbors. (I)