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April 25, 2018

Ecuadorian government makes efforts to secure release of kidnapped couple – Andes

Ecuador’s Interior minister Cesar Navas said Monday that the government makes efforts for the release of a couple kidnapped more than a week ago in the northern border of the country. During an interview with Teleamazonas network, the official said the government is working with the Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit (UNASE), Colombian security officials and experts from Ecuador’s National Police making “all efforts to contact and have information to find both kidnapped citizens.” However, he said that in spite of the efforts to contact the captors “they are not willing to negotiate.” Read more>>

April 9, 2018

Ecuador Police Arrest Cartel Member in Bombing, Kidnap Probe

The cartel is led by ‘El Guacho,’ real name Walter Patricio Artizala Vernaza, and is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping of three journalists. An additional suspect in Ecuador’s recent bombings and kidnappings on the Colombian border has been taken into custody, police officials confirmed Friday, bringing the total number of arrests to 23. “We have hit the organization hard,” Police Commander Ramiro Mantilla told Radio Sonorama, referring to the Oliver Sinisterra Front cartel, which is described by Colombian authorities as a splinter group from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Read more>>

April 4, 2018

Ecuador Gov’t Rejects Release of Video of Kidnapped Journalists – teleSUR

The Ecuadorean reporters said in the video that their kidnappers demand a prisoners exchange and the suspension of anti-terror border activities. The three Ecuadorean journalist kidnapped on the Colombian border asked President Lenin Moreno to comply with the abductors’ demands so they can safely return to their country, in a recently published video by the Colombian RCN news channel, which prompted the Ecuadorean government to later issue a statement rejecting such attempts of pressure by the armed group and stressing that Moreno’s admisntration was doing everything possible to liberate them. Read more>>

April 2, 2018

Ecuador Explains Restriction of Julian Assange Communications – teleSUR

The Foreign Ministry described allegations that Ecuador is denying Assange his rights by blocking his internet and phone access as “unacceptable” and “false.” Ecuador has refuted claims it’s impinging on the rights of WikiLeaks founder and social activist Julian Assange, insisting that the government is acting in the strictest adherence to international law. In a statement released Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described allegations that Ecuador is denying Assange his rights by blocking his internet and phone access and denying him visitors as “unacceptable” and “false.” Read more>>

March 30, 2018

Ecuador’s response in the border will be “more forceful”, says President Lenin Moreno – Andes

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno expressed Monday his “deep concern” about attacks occurred in the border with Colombia since last January and the kidnapping of a team from Ecuador’s El Comercio newspaper in Mataje. “I presided over the Security Council today and I’ve ratified the Police’s and Armed Forces’ total support. We will not stop until our colleagues are freed and until this problem is completely solved,” he wrote on Twitter at the end of the meeting. Read more>>

March 29, 2018

Ecuador Cuts WikiLeaks Chief’s Internet, to Talk to His Lawyers – Bloomberg

Ecuador says it will meet with attorneys for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange next week after the South American nation shut down his internet access at its London embassy for breaching the terms of his asylum. Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that Assange, who has been holed up in the building since 2012, had agreed not to meddle “in internal matters of other states.” In recent days, Assange had taken to social media to criticize former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s arrest as well as the expulsions of Russian envoys over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain. Read more>>

March 28, 2018

Journalists Abducted in Ecuador – Latin America Herald Tribune

Ecuadorean Interior Minister Cesar Navas confirmed on Tuesday the abduction of three employees of Quito’s daily El Comercio in the province of Esmeraldas on the Colombian border. They are thought to have been taken into that country by force but unharmed. At a press conference in Government Palace, Navas said the newspaper’s three employees, apparently two journalists and their driver, “were kidnapped yesterday.” Read more>>

March 27, 2018

Odebrecht, bribes and bad engineering – Ecuador Times

Not only was he corrupt, he was “a bad constructor”. That is the collective opinion of the current Petroecuador authorities when they talk about their ex-contractor, Odebrecht. The nonconformity in the works that they left grows daily because of the discoveries that arise. In the Pascuales-Cuenca Poliducto terminal, for example, there are obvious faults that complicate the daily activity in the fuel supply center. Read more>>

March 23, 2018

Latin America Has Media Democracies, Says Rafael Correa – PrensaLatina

Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa assured that Latin America has democracies influenced by the media, which are more important than political parties. In an interview with the newspaper La Republica, the ex-president reflected about the right-wing strategy to use the media to judicialize politics to pursue left-wing leaders, as it is happening with former Presidents Lula and Cristina Kirchner, and in his particular case

March 22, 2018

Fabián Salazar replaces Thania Moreno in the Office of the Prosecutor – Ecuador Times

The ex-prosecutor will present a protective action for the Judicial Council to lift its suspension. Carlos Baca agrees to consult the Procurator about the succession. The coordinator of the Transparency Unit, Fabián Salazar, will replace Thania Moreno, as provincial prosecutor of Pichincha, after yesterday the Council of the Judicature (CJ) formalized the temporary suspension for 90 days to the official. However, the functions of general prosecutor of the surrogate State, which Moreno also fulfilled, remain in abeyance until the Attorney General’s Office issues its ruling on the consultation made by the CJ regarding the succession in the authorities of the Office of the Prosecutor.

March 21, 2018

Ecuador Gov’t Scraps Intel Agency, US-linked Army Man Rejoices – TeleSUR

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno announced Monday the elimination of Ecuador’s intelligence agency Senain. According to the president the decision is part of ongoing administrative austerity …

March 20, 2018

Japan’s Inpex to get compensation from Ecuador for terminating block 18 – Platts

Japan’s largest upstream company Inpex said Tuesday that it had reached an agreement through a subsidiary and its partners with the Ecuadorian government where it will get $318.8 million (Yen 35 billion) in compensation for the termination of contracts related to block 18.