The former Chief of Intelligence of former President Rafael Correa, Pablo Romero Quezada, required by Ecuadorian justice for an alleged crime of plagiarism (kidnapping) arrived in Ecuador on Friday after his capture and extradition from Spain, and will be placed under judicial provision.
This was stated by the head of the Government, María Paula Romo, on her Twitter profile by ensuring that “the Ecuadorian Police has complied with the Justice provision to transfer Pablo Romero to Ecuador, who is already in Quito and will be placed immediately at the orders of the judges. “
The minister also acknowledged and thanked the actions of the ambassador of Ecuador in Spain, Cristóbal Roldán.
Romero Quezada arrived in the Andean country in the afternoon on a commercial flight of the Spanish company Iberia, escorted by two agents of the Ecuadorian National Police, as reported by the head of Interpol in Ecuador, Hernán Patricio Uzcátegui.
In a press conference offered at the Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito, the head of the International Criminal Police Organization explained that the detainee was handed over by the Spanish authorities to Ecuadorians in the town of La Manga, in the southeast of the peninsula Iberian
“The Ecuadorian State, through the National Police of Ecuador, the National Directorate of the Judicial Police, the Interpol International Central Office in Quito, is executing the extradition operation of the citizen Pablo R.,” Uzcátegui said.
He confirmed that his apprehended had his rights read, a body search was made before leaving for Ecuador, and that once in this country he will complete the procedure by transferring him to flagrancy units to perform a biometric and medical record.
Once the procedure has been completed, the judicial authorities will determine your admission to a detention center, which, according to Interpol’s senior office, will be at the El Inca provisional detention center in northern Quito.
Romero Quezada had several legal proceedings open in Spain, where he had to appear periodically before the judicial headquarters following a precautionary measure, Uzcátegui said.
The detainee has been charged with a case of attempted kidnapping in Colombia in 2012 of politician Fernando Balda, declared opponent of Rafael Correa, when he was responsible for the Senain, the secret service of Ecuador.
The Ecuadorian was arrested on February 18 by order of the Spanish National Court and was ordered to enter prison while waiting to formalize his delivery, which was proceeded on Friday, legal sources informed Efe.
The arrest came twenty months after the Spanish Justice released him after his first arrest in that country for his alleged involvement in Balda’s kidnapping attempt.
Once the Ecuadorian authorities requested the delivery of the former head of the Intelligence services, the Spanish National Court agreed to the extradition.
Ecuadorian national judge Daniella Camacho believes that Romero Quezada is the alleged responsible for the operation for which Ecuadorian secret agents, under his orders, allegedly attempted to kidnap Balda in August 2012 in Colombia.
Balda was held for about ninety minutes, but the Colombian police thwarted the kidnapping following a taxi driver’s call.
For this reason, two Ecuadorian secret agents were sentenced, as witnesses, to one year and nine months in prison, given that both collaborated with Justice and pointed to former President Correa (2007-2017) and Romero Quezada as alleged responsible for ordering kidnapping.
The ex-president, who lives in Belgium, is also a fugitive from Ecuadorian justice for the same case, as the alleged intellectual author of plagiarism.
Romero Quezada requested political asylum in Spain, but he was not notified of an answer, according to Efe sources from his surroundings.
The Ecuadorian International Society of Civil Society (RED) Network organization has rejected the surrender to Ecuador of those they consider “a persecuted politician,” according to its secretary general, Manel García, who attributes it to an alleged “systematic political persecution” to whom participated in the Government of Correa.