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by Bruno Odent

Ecuador. Judicial persecution of Correa

Translated Thursday 19 July 2018, by Anne Sanders

Quito has issued a warrant for the arrest of the progressive former President whose legacy his successor intends to eradicate.

Quito has issued a warrant for the arrest of the progressive former President whose legacy his successor intends to eradicate. The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, continues to hound his predecessor, Rafael Correa, who was in power from 2007 to 2017, and who instigated the “citizens’ revolution” in Ecuador. A judge announced on Tuesday that she had decided Correa should be “remanded in custody” after he was charged as part of a very obscure case of the attempted abduction in Colombia of Fernando Balda, a former opposition deputy of the radical right wing. Since Rafael Correa is now residing in Belgium with his partner, an international arrest warrant has been issued via Interpol.

Since his election in 2017, President Moreno has been working systematically to eradicate the political and social legacy of his predecessor. This despite the fact that he built his career in Correa’s shadow, to whom he was Vice-President. Thus last February he endorsed the deposition of the members of the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control. Again, he abolished several safeguarding clauses against property speculation. Obviously anxious to flag up his eagerness to “restore” the country’s relations with Washington, he has also, since March, blocked Internet access for Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who has been in asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012: a frankly not so subtle message to the whistle-blower that he is invited to give himself up.

Former President Correa is being prosecuted for “criminal conspiracy and abduction” even though the crime of which he is accused was unsuccessful and took place in Colombia, that is a country governed by a right-wing party that is extremely hostile to left-wing experiments in Latin-America. Rafael Correa classes this judicial persecution “in the same political category” as that which led to the deposition of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Cristina Kirchner in Argentina.

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