On Monday, the military leadership mobilized and arrived at the National Court of Justice (CNJfor its Spanish acronym) to support five officers prosecuted for the first time in the history of the country, for alleged crimes against humanity committed between 1985 and 1988.
In December 2013, one day after the video was released, President Rafael Correa called a “mistake” the statements of the High Command, but he confirmed his “full trust.”
Now, however, any statement has been issued by the government about what happened in court Monday.
The concern the military high command expressed in 2013 was evident again on Monday. Proof of this was the group of 30 officers of the three branches (sea, air and land), between colonels and generals, that accompanied the High Command.
Carlos Obando, Army Commander, made clear the position of the armed forces against the judgment of the five retiree militaries. He said they support officers and that’s the institutional position.
Even before the trial for crimes against humanity was installed, the chief of the Joint Command, Luis Garzon, met for 40 minutes with the State Attorney General, Galo Chiriboga, behind closed doors.