Todayit will be known if the International Police (Interpol) spreads or not redalert to locate and capture the former president of the Republic Rafael Correa.This was confirmed to this newspaper by Enrique Espinosa, national director ofthe Judicial Police.
Last Wednesday, November 7, in a hearing, Judge Daniella Camacho called the former president and three others to trial, whom she accused as the authors of the kidnapping of politician Fernando Balda, which took place in Bogotá, capital of Colombia, in 2012.
Once Interpol makes a decision, the notification will reach the office of Judge Camacho. During Wednesday’s stage, the magistrate reiterated the request to Interpol to capture him.
The trial for Correa and Pablo Romero, also charged in this case, is suspended until they return to the country. According to the Penal Code (article 560), the trial hearing cannot be held without the presence of the defendant.
On Saturday, Correa’s lawyer, Caupolicán Ochoa, reiterated to this newspaper that international jurists told him that Interpol rejected the request last October. But the Ecuadorian Police, through a message broadcast by social networks, denied this possibility.
Ochoa said, in addition, that he is waiting for the judge to receive the notification to know how to proceed with his client.
Correa and his family reside in Belgium since 2017. Ochoa claimed to have spoken by telephone with Correa, who told him that before making any decision he will wait for an official pronouncement to be issued.
DiegoChimbo, lawyer of the former agents Raúl Chicaiza and Diana Falcón, alsoprosecuted in this case, believes that although the Interpol detains the formerpresident they would have to take him to the authorities of Belgium, who willdecide if they begin with the extradition process. (I)