The trial hearing against Pachakutic Assembly member, Clever Jimenez for the defamation complaint that President Rafael Correa filed against him, was suspended by decision of Judge Lucy Blacio of the National Court, north of Quito, for the absence of the other two defendants in the case, Carlos Figueroa and Fernando Villavicencio.
Correa filed the defamation complaint after Jimenez accused him for crimes against humanity for the events of September 30. Nine months later, the Prosecutor’s Office ruled that Jimenez’ complaint was to be dismissed and accused of malicious and reckless. Following that decision, Correa filed the counterclaim.
Jimenez challenged the judge over malfeasance, by failing to request the Assembly to lift his immunity, but failed to prevent the audience, which was eventually suspended.
To the audience arrived, besides the president, some military and police officers, some of them dressed like civilians, and government officials. Outside the court, hundreds of followers of the ruling party came to support the president.