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Ecuador: Ex-president Correa ordered to stand trial over kidnapping charges01:54

Ecuador: Ex-president Correa ordered to stand trial over kidnapping charges

Ecuador, Quito
November 8, 2018 at 04:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ecuador's National Court in Quito ordered former President Rafael Correa on Wednesday to stand trial for his alleged role in the abduction of a political opponent in 2012.

Correa is alleged to have played a role in the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, an opposition politician, who managed to escape the attempted abduction after nearby taxi drivers alerted police.

Hundreds of sympathisers of the former president, who has long maintained that he is the victim of a political 'witch-hunt,' waited outside the courthouse to hear the outcome of a four hour hearing.

The judge ordered Correa, who is now living in Belgium, to stand trial, and urged Interpol to extradite him back to Ecuador.

Correa's lawyer Caupolican Ochoa called the judge's decision "an abuse so gross, so obvious... This was a phirryc resolution, this was an outrage of the law. This resolution defrauds all the world."

The former President could face 12 years imprisonment if convicted.

Ecuador: Ex-president Correa ordered to stand trial over kidnapping charges01:54
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Ecuador's National Court in Quito ordered former President Rafael Correa on Wednesday to stand trial for his alleged role in the abduction of a political opponent in 2012.

Correa is alleged to have played a role in the kidnapping of Fernando Balda, an opposition politician, who managed to escape the attempted abduction after nearby taxi drivers alerted police.

Hundreds of sympathisers of the former president, who has long maintained that he is the victim of a political 'witch-hunt,' waited outside the courthouse to hear the outcome of a four hour hearing.

The judge ordered Correa, who is now living in Belgium, to stand trial, and urged Interpol to extradite him back to Ecuador.

Correa's lawyer Caupolican Ochoa called the judge's decision "an abuse so gross, so obvious... This was a phirryc resolution, this was an outrage of the law. This resolution defrauds all the world."

The former President could face 12 years imprisonment if convicted.

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