The US arrested one of the most wanted criminals in Ecuador
This is César Cóndor Vaca, who was wanted for the death of his wife, which occurred in May 2019
The US detained César Cóndor Vaca, one of the most wanted criminals in Ecuador
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) reported this Tuesday the arrest of a < b>Ecuadorian fugitive who was on a list that included the 100 most wanted criminals in Ecuador.
This is César Cóndor Vaca, 29, who had been wanted since September 2021 by the authorities of his country for the death of his wife, which occurred in May 2019.
The arrest took place a few days ago, on January 30, in Greenville, South Carolina.
ICE issued a statement mentioning that the The Ecuadorian government had notified the United States authorities that Cóndor Vaca was a wanted subject in the country in the framework of a femicide. Since then, agents from the ICE Enforcement and Removal Office (ERO) undertook an investigation that allowed them to verify that Vaca had indeed entered the country legally on March 15, 2021.
However, the criminal had not left on the date that had been indicated by the immigration authorities.
Vaca was wanted for the femicide of his partner (REUTERS)
Sean Ervin, director of the local ERO office in Atlanta, said that “foreign fugitives fleeing criminal prosecution in their country of origin will not find a safe haven in the United States.”
“Our immigration officers work closely with their stable and local counterparts and are specially trained to track down illegally present foreign fugitives in order to repatriate them to their country of origin to face Justice for the crimes they are alleged to have committed,” he added.
For now, Cóndor Vaca will remain in ICE custody pending the deportation request.
During 2022, ERO successfully arrested 46,396 foreigners with criminal records that, as a whole, amounted to 198,498 charges and convictions.
Record of femicides in Ecuador
Last year, the Latin American country recorded an alarmingly high number of femicides. According to the Feminist Alliance for the Mapping of Femicides, only in 2022 there were 322 crimes against women in the country, the highest number recorded since 2014. This represents a woman killed every 26 hours.
In 2022 Ecuador recorded a record number of femicides (REUTERS)
“Each figure is a life taken< /b>”, explained the president of Fundación Aldea, Geraldine Guerra, after knowing the numbers and added that the records of the last two years indicate that femicides are increasingly taking place in dangerous contexts related to criminal economies, territorial disputes between narco-criminal gangs, a high prevalence of crime and misogynistic forms against life and bodies.
The Alliance report detailed, in turn, that of the total of these crimes, 134 were committed by the victim's partner -intimate femicides-, by some member of the family -relative-, sexual, or of another nature. Meanwhile, 9 corresponded to trans femicides and 189 to femicides due to organized crime.
(With information from AFP)