Ex-Ecuadorian President ordered to be extradited from Belgium and jailed after missing court date

Yesterday a judge in Ecuador ordered that former President, Rafael Correa, be jailed after failing to appear in court in connection with a probe into the kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker. The judge issued an order for Mr Correa’s arrest and extradition from Belgium, where he currently resides with his Belgian wife and children.

Last month, Ecuador’s highest court ordered that Mr Correa be included in the investigation into the failed kidnapping of Mr Fernando Balda in Bogota, Colombia in 2012. Mr Correa had been ordered to appear in Quito, Ecuador, every 15 days from early June to comply with the probe. Yesterday Mr Correa dismissed this requirement as being “impossible to fulfil.” Instead, he appeared, on Monday, at the Ecuadorean consulate. However, a judge had already warned that would not meet the court’s demand.
Mr Correa is refusing to consent to his extradition on the basis that he believes it is founded on a political vendetta and “judicial persecution.”

Extradition of Catalan Separatists from Brussels.

Yesterday, a court in Brussels ruled that the Catalan Separatists: Toni Comín, Meritxell Serret and Lluis Puig should not be extradited to Spain. The decision from the Belgian Court marks another obstacle on the Spanish authorities’ course to extradite those who were involved in the Catalan independence vote last year. Comín, Serret and Puig are facing charges of misuse of public funds and rebellion. The decision not to extradite the Catalan Regional counsellors is significant because the judgment included a decision that the European Arrest Warrants issued, rescinded then reissued by the Spanish authorities for the arrests of the three councillors were not valid because they were not supported by corresponding new, domestic, Spanish arrest warrants.

Belgian court to rule on extradition of Carlos Puigdemont to Spain

A Belgian Court is due to rule on 14 December on whether former-Catalan President Carlos Puigdemont will be extradited to Spain, where he faces charges of sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds. Mr Puigdemont fled to Belgium following the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence from Spain in October, stating that he would not receive a fair trial.

UK resident faces extradition to Belgium on allegations of child abduction

Natasha Hayes, resident in the UK for 7 years, is challenging an extradition request from Belgium where she faces a 3-year jail sentence for child abduction. She was found guilty in her absence of abducting her son when she left Belgium with him in February 2010. A previous extradition request for her was dismissed by the courts in 2012, on the basis of her Article 8 right to a family life. Since that time she has married and had 2 more children. She was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant earlier this month and has been bailed awaiting trial.