Nine years in jail for former intelligence chief for kidnapping Fernando Balda

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Nine years in jail for former intelligence chief for kidnapping Fernando Balda




Fernando Balda (center), an opponent of Rafael Correa, was kidnapped in Colombia in 2012.


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Fernando Balda (center), an opponent of Rafael Correa, was kidnapped in Colombia in 2012.


During this Friday (08/14/2020), the former Ecuadorian National Intelligence Secretary Pablo Romero was found guilty by the Ecuadorian National Court of Justice (CNJ) for being the author of the kidnapping of former assemblyman and political activist Fernando Balda, and must serve a sentence of 9 years in prison.

The Prosecutor’s Office assures that the kidnapping took place in 2012, in Bogotá, Colombia. In her investigation, she reports that the crime was coordinated by Romero from Ecuador, that it was carried out through two agents of the Intelligence Secretariat and that the operation was carried out with State resources.

“The kidnapping of Balda was carried out by five people, who were sentenced to sixty months in prison in Colombia. The fact was observed by several taxi drivers, who alerted the police authorities, who carried out an operation, located the vehicle and rescued it”, reported the State Attorney General.

The “Prosecutor’s Office demonstrated the materiality of the offense and the participation of the convicted person in the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, who was a victim of mistreatment during it,” added the prosecution.

“It was also proven that the crime was carried out with public resources from the account of special expenses of the National Intelligence Secretariat (Senain) and that it was coordinated from Ecuador by the former head of that institution,” the statement added.

Former agents Raúl Chicaiza and Diana Falcón have already been sentenced in this case to 21 months of imprisonment for this same case.

Pablo Romero had been extradited to Ecuador from Spain last February, which is why a trial could be held against him. The former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, who has resided in Belgium since 2017, is also being investigated in this same case, although he cannot be tried in his absence, so he is a fugitive.

JU (eluniverso.com, elcomercio.com, fiscalia.gob.ec, metroecuador.com.ec)

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