The Inspection Commission will receive evidence of charges against the entity. They summoned Alexis Mera, former presidential legal secretary.
The Commission of Control of the National Assembly today receives the evidence of charge for the impeachment against the members of the Judicial Council.
The meeting that is scheduled for 2:00 pm will be attended by the assembly’s proponents of impeachment, Esteban Bernal (CREO) and Raúl Tello (Unidos por Pastaza) to present the evidence that validates the process.
As a second point on the agenda, the panel also convened Alexis Mera, former legal secretary of the Presidency during the government of Rafael Correa. In addition, Hernán Ulloa, lawyer of some judges dismissed by the Judicial Council, will attend; Pablo Cordero Díaz and Sonia Quezada dismissed judges; Jorge Rodríguez, as a representative of the National Anticorruption Commission and a representative of Human Rights Watch.
The parts must inform about the facts reported against the Judicial Councial. Bernal clarified that what is sought with this procedure is “the institutionalization of Ecuadorian justice.” The proponent assemblymen presented 44 evidences that today will be exposed to the Assembly members of the Examination Board.
On September 27, 2017, Bernal and Tello submitted the application for the first time, but it was rejected by the Legislative Board of Directors. It incorporated 40 evidences.
On April 18, they insisted on the procedure and to the 40 evidences already exhibited they added four more. Among them is the comptroller’s report that states that “the Judiciary would have granted appointments to fiscal agents with a lower score, leaving aside those who achieved better results in 2016,” Bernal stressed.
The urgent act presented by the Attorney General of the State against the president of the Judicial Council, Gustavo Jalkh for a presumed influence peddling, was also incorporated. In addition, the report of the application of the inexcusable error that was determined to an administrative official in Imbabura.
“This procedure is only applied to judges, prosecutors and notaries,” said Bernal. The report and file presented by the Anticorruption Commission before the Council of Citizen Participation and Transitory Social Control, regarding the bad origin of the appointments of provincial prosecutors, are other tests that were attached and will be detailed in the session.
A different trial
For Carlos Pólit, former State Comptroller; Carlos Ochoa, former Superintendent of Communication and Carlos Baca, ex-Attorney General of the State, were censored and dismissed from their charges; the process of impeachment required the vote of at least 70 assembly members that corresponds to an absolute majority in the Legislative.
According to the Constitution, in its article 131, to reach the censorship and dismissal of the members of the Judicial Council that is already in process in the Supervisory Commission, a favorable vote of at least 92 assembly members will be needed.
In the current period of the National Assembly eight requests for impeachment have been made. Of these, seven corresponded to an authority. However, the impeachment brought by Raúl Tello and Esteban Bernal was requested against the 10 members of the Judicial Council. They are: President Gustavo Jalkh, the five main members Néstor Arbito, Ana Karina Peralta, Rosa Elena Jiménez Vanegas, Alejandro Subía and the five alternate members.
Next Tuesday, May 29, the period for the presentation of evidence of charge and discharge in the Supervisory Commission concludes. The Organic Law of the Legislative Function establishes that the table will subsequently have five days to present and approve the report.
María José Carrión, president of the Inspection Committee, clarified that in addition to the five days, they will request five days of extension that also establishes The Organic Law of the Legislative Function.
“We guarantee due process and the right to defense. The safest thing is that we take 10 days for the report. “. (I)