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Anti-Corruption Commission files suit against ex-president Correa for ‘crimes against humanity’

Ecuador’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (CNA) has filed a law suit against former president Rafael Correa International Criminal Court in the Hague. The legal action accuses Correa of “crimes against humanity.”

Former president Rafael Correa

Chairman of the commission Jorge Rodríguez said the lawsuit was motivated by the former’s president’s mishandling of the national economy and “economic and moral disruption” for ten years. The suit further accuses Correa violations against free speech and assembly and for the arrests of journalists and political activists.

“He will have to answer for a crime against humanity before the International Criminal Court for all the assets that have disappeared and for those he as persecuted,” Rodríguez said.

Commission member Silvia Buendia also says the suit accuses Correa of denying access to justice to those who opposed the president’s policies. “There are citizens who were persecuted by the government’s misuse of authority, particularly the use of the court system to punish those who disagreed with the president,” she said.

Contacted in Brussels, where he currently lives, Correa called the charges “garbage” and said he would address them via social media.

The anti-corruption committee is made up of private citizens and is not part of the government.

  • Beth

    Correa called the charges “garbage”

    Ditto.

    • sueb4bs

      Reply ditto — ditto — the ELITES are going to have a field day in Ecuador now that tough old COrrea and his value system are history. the poor will get poorer again abnd so forth… .

  • StillAlive

    That seems a little extreme. Abuse of power with the intent of weakening democratic institutions and personal liberties would be more accurate imo.

  • Johan Klok

    The good thing for Correa is that it takes only 1 hour and 40 minutes by (high speed) train to get from Brussels to The Hague.

    • Frank Penny

      That’s one thing that’s nice about Europe- the short distances that can be covered by train in little time. My father worked in Belgium and France years ago. The Paris station brings you practically into the center of that beautiful city.
      Easy to get around. But don’t expect Correa to be on any of those trains. Not now, not later.

  • StillWatching

    On its face, this seems to be over the top. Sure, I was no Correa fan, but prosecuting a man for being a hypersensitive bully is beyond the pale.

    • Nightguy

      If that were the case in the states trump would be looking at a life sentence.

      • Craig Gardner

        He may.

      • StillWatching

        That’s the case I’m hoping for. What would be the most fitting justices is that he would be forced to share a cell with hillary. Yeah, I’m a libertarian and I have equal disdain for both of them.

    • sueb4bs

      It is the voice of he OUT OF CONTROL ELITES that ran everything in Ecuador for years and years. Ridiculous…

      • StillWatching

        Yes, it seems to be so.

  • Beto

    You have no idea,in 10 years of corruption Correa destroy Ecuadorian economy, the only reason why ecuador is not like Venezuela is because they used dollars. Fuera Correa

  • Michael Berger

    This is a very twisted lawsuit with a glaring omission and also a bald face lie.

    The lie has to do with missing money (as if it were stolen). Most of
    it was not stolen but used on tons of infrastructure over the last 10
    years. It was the one thing Correa got right and they are bashing him
    for it Missing money from the I.E.S.S. does not mean Correa took it
    to Belgium but rather that it was spent on infrastructure (perhaps over zealously). There is always waste, fraud, and abuse in government but I have no doubt in my mind that most of the money is accounted for. If you are a newer arrival maybe you doubt that there has been a lot of spending on infrastructure but I can assure you there has been a ton. It wasn’t that long ago that the highway to Yunguilla was just a dirt
    road, it was one of many that were paved and tons of bridges, hospitals, and
    schools have been built and a lot of electrical infrastructure put in. Most of the newer hospitals are far superior to Cuenca’s I.E.S.S. hospital which is older. There is even a nice modern hospital 15 minutes from my place in the country where they have very expensive diagnostic equipment there (much of it goes unused due to lack of expertise but a ton of money was put in the place).

    The glaring omission has to do with one of the most blatant crimes against humanity Correa committed; trying to eliminate people’s natural right to defend themselves. He closed down gun stores and factories and changed the concealed carry permits we use to have into permits for ownership only. The government steals all the guns they can, destroying most of them and often throws their owners in jail even though the only crime they committed was having the ability to protect themselves and their love ones. The aforementioned, along with years of import restrictions, means that a used pistol that would be around $500 in the States is over $1,500 here and ammunition costs are even more insane.

    What prompted me to comment on this article is that about 7 hours ago a relative knocked on my door out in the country asking me to translate for a “Gringo” who had been robbed and could not speak Spanish. It turned out to be a guy in his early 20’s who spoke some English and was hoping I might be able to speak Dutch (his native language apparently) but I don’t. He was very polite but a little freaked out and wanted to know where there was a phone store where he could sell his cell phone because wallet was stolen and he had no credit cards or money. I have no idea what the heck he was doing out in the middle of nowhere or where he had been robbed. I could tell he wanted to explain things to me in more detail but did not have the words; the communication between us was very limited and he seemed to be in a hurry. He asked if it was safe here out here in the country, he looked scared. I told him a cell phone store was likely open in the nearby town but that odds are he would have to go to Cuenca or at least Cumbe to sell his phone.

    Correa’s disarmed the population in the hopes that the resulting increase in crime would drive the masses into the hands of the police and it worked like a charm. Police forces were dramatically increased, and, according to Correa, tax revenues tripled during his reign. Most of the people you see in police uniforms here are nothing more than tax collectors; even if they catch a thief the inefficiencies in Ecuador’s legal system almost guarantee that no charges will be filed and they will be back on the streets in 48 hours looking for their next victim.

    Although the lawsuit has some valid points there are enough false accusations in it that if I were a judge I’d throw the whole thing out. Also it is not fair just to single out Correa when there were hundreds of other people involved. The way forward is not to focus on revenge for the crimes committed under the Correa regime but rather to restore civil liberties.

    • Robert Breimayer

      righton michael….i never hear about all the major improvements made to the country from the haters and complainers ….and of course the oil crash is correa’s fault

    • jerrynellen

      Many citizens of the US fail to appreciate their 2nd amendment.

      • Michael Berger

        The thing is that all human rights work together and strengthen themselves. There are plenty of people who want nothing to do with Guns and I understand that but they should still value it as an essential human right. In the States I was once pulled over by a cop while on the way to a shooting trip with several friends. He was surprised to see a bunch of guns and ammo in the truck. I had a dual pistol grip 12 guage Mossberg shotgun next to me on the front seat and he asked if it was loaded and I told him it was chambered, which it was. He asked if we were going out shooting and I said yes. He said ok, told us to have a nice day and that was that. I don’t know why he pulled me over but it was no longer important to him, he never even asked for license, registration or insurance and it was clear that he just wanted to get out of there. Under normal circumstances I could possibly have gotten a ticket or had the hassle of them trying to get me to accept a warrantless search both of which have happened before.

        I am always overjoyed to hear news about the decriminalization of Marijuana. Even though I have no interest in the stuff personally and think smoking it regularly is a bad idea, the underlying principles of sovereignty over one’s own body and there being no such thing as a victimless crime help to promote an environment of freedom which is beneficial to all. Sooner or later one or both of those principles is likely to benefit me when applied to some other law.

        People that are against the 2nd amendment must understand that it cannot be eliminated without weakening other essential liberties many of which are things that they are in favor of. If we move towards tyranny then rights will be lost one by one until the only right left is the right to remain silent. As incredible as it sounds, in England today you don’t even have the right to watch TV without a license according to the government. Americans should watch the video below and ask themselves if they really want to go down the same path.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgBwq_2e1XY

        • guest

          I watched the video. I am speechless! A license to watch TV? Makes as much sense as requiring a license for about anything. A license is simply an additional illegal tax on citizens.

          • Michael Berger

            Very true, it is a huge theft of both time and money.

            In a free society there would be no such thing as a license. If someone were deemed unfit to drive or have a gun or whatever then they would be issued a restriction which would restrict their right in that area until and unless they could convince the government they were no longer dangerous in that area. If a police officer caught you doing something that violated common sense safety laws he could cite you for it and also fill out the appropriate paperwork and file for a restriction to be placed on you by a judge. There would be very few reasons for an officer to initiate an interaction with a citizen in a free society but if he did then he could try to run the person through the system and check for any restrictions in case any existed and were being violated. The burden would be on the officer to determine the citizens identity and whether or not they had any restrictions and he would have to have probable cause to believe that a crime was being committed in order to initiate contact to begin with.

            The reason criminal governments issue licenses rather than a simple flat tax is twofold; 1 it helps
            reduce the perceivable tax rate down to a level where the masses
            won’t revolt and 2 as control freaks they get a kick out of making us
            jump through hoops.

    • William Hohenstein

      To my knowledge, the missing Coopera money has never been accounted for. ????

      • guest

        I feel really sorry for those that lost their money. I urged many to get the H out of it but their greed keep them in even after it became obvious that it was going to fail. I even had one man threaten me physically for speaking the truth. He is still down about $80,000 and when I see him I ask him “how’s that Coopera payout going?” In this country we need to keep our eyes wide open and be skeptical. No one else is around to protect us.
        Michael Berger, you are dead on target in so many ways!

        • Michael Berger

          10.5% ROI from a deposit was within the range of believably but you would think that when they started offering medical and dental insurance for around $2 a month people would have woken up. My experience was that this only increased people’s belief in Coopera rather then weaken it, at least for those who were already members. I think there is a point when something becomes so ridicules that the logical part of the brain cannot process it and the creative half takes over and allows you to believe whatever you want to believe. I warned people for two years that it was a scam and I sincerely regret not having warned more. Some friends lost $40,000 there that they could not afford to lose; they never got the warning, neither from me nor from anyone else. I also had some heated conversations with owners of two expat blogs that each had multiple articles praising Coopera but I could not get them to take them offline or even stop writing new articles promoting them. I won a Coopera T-shirt in a raffle in 2011 on Saint Patrick’s day which I still have to this day; I never wore it in public before the collapse because I didn’t want to legitimatize it. There was a lady in the audience shouting about Coopera being a scam and asking tough questions about insurance, external auditing, etc. The attitude of the crowd was shut up and let us listen to the propaganda. She was perceived as a nut job at the time but it turned out she was the voice of reason. Whether or not you are her I salute you for helping to sound the alarm even if only a small percentage took the warning to heart.

      • Michael Berger

        Yes the government stole a lot of the Coopera money using the excuse of money laundering but it was a private scam and its owners had already stolen plenty before that. Rodrigo Acuay was in the Alianca Pais party but his banking and farming business people invested in were private. They lied about paying FDIC type deposit insurance via the COSEDE and were not even registered on the banking authority website. The first time they were audited was after they closed their doors for good. I talked to a very high ranking person in the Superintendencia de Bancos y Seguros about 8 months before the fiasco, he had an official car and dedicated driver so I know he was pretty high up there. I just happened to run into him and so I figured I’d tell him what I had been telling others about Coopera. He knew all about Coopera and told me many more specifics that I was clueless about including that Acuay had defrauded investors by having the company pay millions of dollars for a property in Yunguilla that he suspected were owned by someone who channeled back most of that money to Acuay; the property could not have been worth more than 500K at the high end. He said his hands were tied since technically, being unregistered, Coopera were not under his authority. Some very shady stuff went on with the Government takeover of Coopera which is why the records are sealed, that and Acuay was very close to Correa and operated under a completely different set of rules then you or I would have to. On the other hand even had 100% of all money ever deposited into Coopera been stolen by the government it would be less then a hundredth of 1% of the total Ecuador budget over the years. I don’t think there is any reason to assume that the majority of the Coopera money not stolen by Coopera itself went anywhere other then to the government’s general fund. Before Correa administrations in Ecuador taxed a lot less but stole a huge percentage of the money. Believe it or not if we grade on a curve against other Ecuadorian presidents Correa gets an A+ when it comes to putting tax money into government programs for what he perceived to be the general welfare rather then enriching private individuals.

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  • BDev

    Speaking of power run amok – Seems other Latin American countries are ganging up on Venezuela/Maduro. http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/08/10/latin-american-countries-refuse-recognize-maduros-constituent-assembly-venezuela/ Interestingly, Ecuador is not on the list of countries taking Maduro to task. Where does EC stand on this? Also, some of the comments about the article are good.

  • guest

    Sounds a lot like the war being waged by the left in the USA against our sitting president. Sour grapes.

  • guest

    I am not sure if this is the proper place to ask this question or not but here goes. Does anyone have information concerning the permission given to the ex-presidents (sister) or family to construct a large tourist hotel and resort in the Galapagos Islands in a natural area?

  • Charlie Wise

    Thank God for this. He was a dictator, and egomaniac.