In the room, we could see many officials of the regime. Including Francisco Latorre, advisor of President Correa, who weeks ago called on the Prosecutor of Guayas, Assembly María Augusta Calle and Pedro de la Cruz, Ramiro Gonzalez, director of the IESS, among others.
On a smaller group is the defense of the newspaper. None of the three Perez brothers is in court, but each has a lawyer, plus attorneys of the company, which are also involved.
The Judge asked the media not to record the appeal of El Universo in the hearing.
Via El Universo:
Monica Vargas, a lawyer for #ElUniverso directors informed about 16 legal violations of the sentence.
Via El Telegrafo Newspaper:
Vargas said that freedom of expression is not State authority, but a right.
Via Atty. Joffre Campaña (Defense of El Universo):
Monica explains Declaration of Principles on freedom of expression is synonymous with democracy in any country. Approved by Human Rights Commission. We are not asking for freedom of speech.
Monica explains the duality of the complainant, who is presented as a citizen but with the benefits of a criminal offense referred to authorities.
Judges on appeal did not analyze international law, which prohibits criminal penalties for contempt (slander against authority).