The Prosecutor General in charge, Paúl Pérez, presented an accusatory opinion against former President Rafael Correa on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and identified him as the author of the crimes of conspiracy and kidnapping of ex-ambassador Fernando Balda, which occurred in 2012 in colombia.
He also requested “National Judge Daniella Camacho the corresponding appeal to trial.” His presentation was made in the National Court of Justice, where the trial preparatory hearing is held, a process involving police officers Diana Falcón and Raúl Chicaiza, and the former National Secretary of Intelligence, Pablo Romero, currently a fugitive from justice, like Correa.
In the diligence, which is public, the prosecutor presented 28 evidences against Correa that appear in the file. Among these, for example, he mentioned the letters that Agent Chicaiza sent to Correa between 2013 and 2015 in which he asks for help to stop the investigation being carried out by the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office and reminds him that he only obeyed orders when he organized the kidnapping of Balda.
The first part of this hearing, in the morning, dealt with technical and legal aspects of the process. At 15:00, after hearing the debate, Judge Daniella Camacho, in charge of the case, declared the validity of the process and said that all the actions of the Prosecutor’s Office were legal. (I)