Members of the Citizen Revolution movement loyal to former president Rafael Correa are urging him to ignore a judge’s order that he return to Ecuador to face charges in a 2012 kidnapping case.
“We are concerned about his personal safety and his liberty,” said Gabriela Rivadeneira, national assembly member, at a Thursday press conference. “We consider the judge’s order to be illegitimate, imposed by a court that does not respect the constitution. It is designed as an ambush of Mr. Correa that could put in him jail and we ask him to remain in Europe and not return to Ecuador.”
On June 18, Criminal Court Judge Daniella Camacho ordered Correa to appear in Quito every 15 days, beginning July 2. The order is based on charges that he participated in the Bogota, Colombia kidnapping of former political opponent Fernando Balda while he was president. Correa said last week that he is considering asking for political asylum in Belgium and may refuse to participate in the legal investigation.
At the press conference, Rivadeneira also announced a July 5 protest march in Quito against the policies of President Lenin Moreno. “We summon all Ecuadorians who feel dissatisfied and disappointed by the actions of the Moreno government to join us,” she said. “We expect many thousands to come to Quito to express their displeasure.”