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Regional counsellors is significant because the judgment included a decision that the European Arrest Warrants issued, rescinded then reissued by the Spanish authorities for the arrests of the three councillors were not valid because they were not supported by corresponding new,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.