|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Ecuador (Click here for more)

Policemen Accused of Assassination Attempt Get 12-Year Sentence in Ecuador

QUITO – An Ecuadorean court has sentenced to 12 years in jail six policemen accused of trying to assassinate President Rafael Correa during a police riot in September 2010 which was considered a coup attempt.

The criminal court of Pichincha province, whose capital is Quito, issued the verdict Tuesday after ratifying the judgment passed on Aug. 1 which held the police officers guilty, El Telegrafo newspaper reported on its website.

On Sept. 30, 2010, a police protest in Quito against bonus cuts in salaries led to a violent uprising in which Correa was attacked and had to seek refuge in a hospital.

Correa, who had gone to the protest site to speak with the officers regarding their concerns, was rescued that night in a military operation amid intense shootings in which 10 people were killed.

The president believes the incident was a coup attempt against his government, instigated by opposition groups and some police officers.

The Ecuadorean Penal Code states that an assassination attempt on the president of the republic or whoever is serving as the head of the executive will be punished with between eight and 12 years in jail if no harm results from the incident.

During the trial, the testimonies of 51 people were recorded, as well as videos and photographs from reporters covering the riots.

On Aug. 1, after the court’s ruling, Public Prosecutor Gustavo Benitez said the verdict was backed by “solid proof” such as the videos provided by several media networks.

Rigoberto Ibarra, representing one of the accused, said he planned to appeal the verdict.

Another lawyer, Patricio Armijos, did not rule out an appeal and said that he could even take the case to the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:



 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved