Ecuador’s former president did not present himself to Consulate in kidnap probe

12 de Julio de 2018 - 14:35
According to the former president’s lawyer, there were no warranties for him to testify.
Photo: District Attorney’s Office

The former president was expected to present himself to Ecuador’s Consulate in Belgium, where he has been living, to testify through videoconference.

Quito, July 12 (Andes).- Ecuador’s former president Rafael C., was expected to testify at 12:00 on Thursday July 12 as part of the alleged 2012 kidnap probe of former assembly member Fernando Balda.

He was expected to present himself to Ecuador’s Consulate in Belgium, where he has been living, to testify through videoconference.

However, Luis Fernando Molina, who is part of the former president’s legal team, confirmed that this would not occur since “there are no appropriate warranties” for Rafael C. to testify. Therefore, it would be rescheduled.

Jose Serrano, former Interior minister and lawmaker, was also expected to appear in court at 11:00 on July 12. However, Serrano claimed he was out of the country.

On Thursday morning, former lawmaker Fernando Balda published alleged declassified documents from the National Intelligence Secretariat (SENAIN) that included a $200.000 payment for legal services in Colombia to defend agents Raul Ch. And Diana F., included in the alleged kidnap of the former assembly member.

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