Less than an hour yesterday he had the continuation of the trial preparatory hearing for the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, when Felipe Rodríguez, defense of the plagiarized politician in Colombia, affirmed that it was time to say the truth: “Yesterday Yadira Cadena and the assembly member Sofia Espin went to jail to threaten and try to convince the former Jesse Falcon, telling her that if she went to the press to say that she lied, they would give her United Nations protection. “
A momentary silence flooded the room, the lawyers of the accused parties looking at each other spoke in their ears and Rodríguez pointed out that this action does not intimidate them. He clarified that such a protection benefit does not exist in the United Nations.
The debate on the complaint was made once Judge Daniella Camacho suspended the diligence to decide whether or not there were procedural defects.
Rodriguez recalled that Falcón approached him at the beginning of the day to ask if it is true that the United Nations can take her to live in Europe. There he found out what happened and decided to expose it in the Chamber so that Attorney General Paul Perez would initiate ex officio an investigation for procedural fraud or pressure on witnesses.
Diego Chimbo, lawyer of Falcón, deepened the denunciation against correísta legislator and lawyer Cadena, of who affirmed that it was part of the study of Caupolicán Ochoa, defense of the ex-president Rafael Correa. He qualified the request that Falcón be recanted in exchange for a benefit as an instigation to commit a crime of procedural fraud.
Assemblywoman Espin admitted that she visited the Falcon agent, to see the conditions in which she is and said they are concerned that the lawyer she and Chicaiza have, in fact does not defend her, and we are clear that the lawyer is only interested in to reach an agreement to link President Correa. “
He clarified that it was only a greeting and a conversation and denied that she has offered protection from the international organization.
Although Ochoa said he was unaware of the acts that had taken place and that the complaint had caught his attention, he indicated that visiting someone does not constitute an infraction.
For him that has been an “act of utterly human generosity” in front of a person like Falcón who is detained without proof, who is threatened to go 40 years to jail in a foreign country and who is held hostage so that he is simply used his testimony to commit former president Correa.
When Ochoa said that Cadena does not have a dependency relationship with her law firm, but that she is going to talk to her about what happened, Balda replied that she suspected that it was Ochoa himself who sent “the advisor” to talk to Falcón. The crossing of words ended when the victim said he would ask the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate Correa’s lawyer for what happened.
Chimbo said he will file a complaint about this fact, which he said has also been made against Raúl Chicaiza, another of the prosecuted agents who are in Jail 4, and asked that the Assembly review the behavior of Espin.
After this debate, the judge resumed the hearing at 2:00 p.m. He declared the proceedings valid and then gave way to Prosecutor Pérez, who accused the former intelligence agents Raúl Chicaiza and Jéssica Falcón of the kidnapping of Balda; to former president Correa; and the former National Secretary of Intelligence (Senain) Pablo Romero.
He asked the judge to call the four defendants to trial and to ratify the precautionary measures against Chicaiza, Falcón, Correa and Romero. The last two are in Belgium and Spain, in their order.
He also requested the prohibition of alienation of assets and the immobilization of accounts. (I)