A judge ordered the pre-trial detention of Rafael Correa after the former Ecuadorian president failed to appear before court on allegations he ordered the kidnapping of a political opponent. Correa, who governed Ecuador for a record consecutive 10 years, now risks arrest and extradition to his home country from Belgium, where he moved a year ago with his Belgian wife and children. Read more>>
Former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa complied with a Judge’s request for him to report to his country’s consulate in Belgium under the preventive measures imposed against him due to his alleged involvement in a kidnapping attempted on opposition lawmaker Fernando Balda in 2012. Read more>>
The bodies of three employees of Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio who were kidnapped and killed by dissident members of the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group were transported Wednesday to their homeland. Read more>>
The Colombian and Ecuadoran governments confirmed that three bodies found in Tumaco, Colombia belong to the El Comercio reporting team that was abducted on March 26 while reporting in the border region. Read more>>
Beginning July 2, the former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, must appear every fifteen days before the Supreme Court of Justice, as part of the precautionary measures that were approved on Monday by a criminal judge, after he was implicated in a scandal involving the kidnapping of ex-ambassador Fernando Balda. Read more>>
Francisco Carrión Mena, who had left his country’s Foreign Service in 2011, was appointed in December 2017 to be Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States. Carrión was born April 8, 1953, in Quito, Ecuador. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public and social sciences from Central University of Ecuador in 1974 and a Ph.D. in international sciences in 1978 from the same institution.
In April, during the Summit of the Americas in Peru, US Vice President Mike Pence made a show of the United States’ commitment to open trade with Latin America. In meetings with four leaders in the region — Mauricio Macri from Argentina, Sebastián Piñera from Chile, Juan Manuel Santos from Colombia and Martín Vizcarra from Peru — Pence possibly tried to walk back some of the bellicose trade rhetoric from President Donald Trump
Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa was elected on Tuesday to be the next president of the United Nations General Assembly, thus becoming the first Latin American female to occupy the post. Espinosa, who will be the fourth woman to head the Assembly in the 73 years since it was founded, clearly bested the other candidate, Honduran Ambassador to the UN Mary Elizabeth Flores.
Ecuador’s Defense Minister Patricio Zambrano and Interior Minister Cesar Navas presented their resignations to President Lenin Moreno due to the crumbling of security on the Colombian border, the government said on Friday. The announcement was made by Communications Secretary Andres Michelena, who has lately been the most visible spokesperson of the Ecuadorean government. Read more>>
Detractors fear these actions will generate more violence, affecting people living in the northern provinces of Ecuador. Ecuador signed Wednesday a cooperation agreement with the United States to fight transnational organized crime and drug trafficking. The agreement, signed by Ecuadorean Interior Minister Cesar Navas and U.S. ambassador Todd Chapman, will support the creation of an Office for Investigating Transnational Criminals. On the same day Chapman told El Telegrafo the U.S. is waiting for an “official request” by the Ecuadorean government for the return of a U.S. military team in charge of cooperation in security that was expelled from the country in 2014. Read more>>
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>>
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>>