The Ecuadorian Congress processes an amnesty for Ricardo Patiño, former foreign minister and right-hand man of Rafael Correa

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In 2019, the justice system began to investigate the correista politician for the crime of instigation. The former minister is granted asylum in Mexico

The Ecuadorian Congress processes an amnesty for Ricardo Patiño, former chancellor and Rafael's right-hand man Correa

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Yalilé LoaizaFrom Quito< /i>

The Ecuadorian Congress processes an amnesty for Ricardo Patiño, former chancellor and Rafael Correa's right-hand man

Ricardo Patiño is granted asylum in Mexico after an investigation was launched in Ecuador against him for the crime of incitement. (EFE)

In 2018, the former Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patiño called for a popular uprising and the takeover of democratic institutions. This happened five months after Lenín Moreno, who succeeded Rafael Correa as president of Ecuador, took office and three months after Patiño resigned as presidential advisor to the government . Now, the bench related to correísmo in the Ecuadorian congress is processing an amnestyfor Patiño, who is taking refuge in Mexico along with other of his fellow party members.

The statements were publicly harangued at a party event, held in an almost empty room where a little less than a hundred people applauded. The only record that exists is a video uploaded to the Internet by the same organization that called the meeting on October 27, 2018 in Latacunga for an event called National Meeting of the Citizen Revolution.

< p class="paragraph">In his speech, Patiño called on his followers to stop passive resistance and move on to combative resistance against established authority. Combative resistance can take the form of incitement to violence, insurrection, subversion, armed struggle, guerrilla warfare and even terrorism, all of which aim to challenge the legitimacy of constituted power.

We are going to prepare for the repression because we have to take over the public institutions, we have to close the roads”, said Patiño. And he added: “We will go to jail, they will beat us, but we have to resist.” This, according to his words, is “a demonstration of force” to seek a confrontation with the public forces of Ecuador and thus “that the country found out that we exist” because “the fight is our way of doing politics.” < /p>

The Ecuadorian Congress processes an amnesty for Ricardo Patiño, former foreign minister and Rafael Correa's right-hand man

The process is being processed in the National Assembly the amnesty in favor of Ricardo Patiño. (EFE/José Jácome)

In 2019, this incitement cost Patiño the opening of a criminal investigation for the crime of incitement. According to the penal legislation of Ecuador encourages to commit a crime “the person who publicly incites to commit a crime against a person or institution and cannot be legally considered as a co-participant”. This crime is punishable by “with a custodial sentence of six months to two years”.

The organization Jubilee 2000from Ecuador assured that the criminal process violates the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and manifestation of constitutional resistance, for which reason he asked the National Assembly for a pardon in favor of Patiño. In 2006, Jubilee 2000 in Ecuador contested the foreign debt with the support of a group of economists, a group made up of Patiño. In 2008, Rafael Correa declared a tranche of this debt as “illegitimate, odious and unconstitutional” and it was not paid.

In April 2019, Patiño was charged by the criminal justice system for the crime of incitement in Latacunga after calling for the takeover of state institutions and organizing street protests against the government of Lenín Moreno, his former partner.

On April 18, 2019, the Latacunga criminal judge, Flavio Palomo, at the request of the Latacunga prosecutor's office, ordered Patiño's preventive detention. At that time, Patiño was no longer in the country after having fled to Mexico, a country that a few months later granted him political asylum for alleged political persecution.

The Ecuadorian Congress processes an amnesty for Ricardo Patiño, former foreign minister and Rafael Correa's right-hand man

Ricardo Patiño called his followers to leave passive resistance and move on to combative resistance against the authority established in a convention of the Citizen Revolution, the party close to Rafael Correa

Due to the fact that the trial was suspended due to the absence of the defendant, as of August 5, 2019, the date on which the judge called to set up the trial hearing, the trial was stopped until Patiño turned himself in to justice or was released. captured by the police.

The amnesty request was presented by Wilma Salgado and Billy Navarrete,executive secretary of the Standing Committee for the Defense of Human Rights. Salgado was also a member of Ecuador's Jubilee 2000 for the review of the foreign debt. She was also Minister of Economy during the government of Rafael Correa who pardoned her in 2008 after the Ecuadorian justice found her guilty of embezzlement.

The amnesty petition letter for Patiño states that the accusation against him violates his right to freedom of expression and his right to political opposition. Requests of this type are sent to the National Assembly by virtue of the Ecuadorian constitution, which establishes that the full legislature has the power to grant amnesty to those accused of political crimes and to grant it for humanitarian reasons. The granting of amnesty is ratified with the favorable vote of two thirds of the members of the National Assembly.

The Ecuadorian Congress processes an amnesty for Ricardo Patiño, former foreign minister and Rafael Correa's right-hand man

To receive the amnesty, Patiño he will need 91 of 137 votes in his favour. (EFE/José Jácome/Archivo)

On January 9, the Legislative Administration Council, a legislative body made up of seven members, was the first to hear about the request, which was qualified as admissible and sent to the Constitutional Guarantees Commission of the legislature for its treatment.

This commission is made up of seven opposition legislators, who are close to former president Rafael Correa and two independent. The commission has 30 days to review the case and issue a report that will be debated in plenary session of the National Assembly.

Patiño needs 91 votes out of 137 to be pardoned. At this moment, the opposition to the government of President Guillermo Lasso is estimated at 85 votes.

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