Justice is catching up to Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s corrupt former president and apprentice of Cuba’s communist Castro dictatorship. During his time as Ecuador’s president, the leftist Correa used the same tactics as his mentors in Havana, corrupting every government branch and agency and going after any and all who dared to challenge him. Luckily for Ecuador, Correa was never able to achieve his dream of becoming dictator for life like his Cuban idols.
In fact, the heady days of ruling with impunity are apparently coming to an end for Correa.
Ecuador judge orders Belgium-based ex-president Correa be jailed
An Ecuadorean judge on Tuesday ordered that ex-President Rafael Correa be jailed as part of a case involving the kidnapping of a lawmaker, setting up a showdown with the Belgium-based leftist politician who vowed to appeal and defy the orders.
In 2012, former opposition lawmaker Fernando Balda was briefly kidnapped in neighboring Colombia, where he had fled after being sentenced to two years in prison for slander against Correa.
Balda accused Correa of having orchestrated the kidnapping, which the Colombian police broke up after a few hours.
Correa, who governed the Andean country for a decade, has always said he had nothing to do with the incident and has accused his successor Lenin Moreno of seeking to smear his administration for political gain.
The state prosecutor’s office in June requested that Correa be linked to the proceedings as the “author” of the incident.
Judge Daniella Camacho accepted that request and ordered Correa, who is living in Belgium, where his wife is from, to present himself in Ecuadorean courts every two weeks.
Instead, Correa on Monday presented himself to the Ecuadorean consulate in Belgium, which the judge on Tuesday termed a violation of her orders.
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