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An Ecuadorian judge sends a deputy and a prefect linked to the protests to prison

October 9, 2019

MADRID, Oct. 9 (EUROPE PRESS) –

An Ecuadorian judge has issued preventive detention against Deputy Yofre Poma, the prefect of the province of Sucumbíos, Amado Chavez, and seven others for his participation in protests against the Government, specifically for an alleged crime of stopping a service public.

The state attorney general, Diana Salazar Méndez, has filed charges against this group and Judge David Jacho has responded to the request that the nine defendants go to pretrial detention, while decreeing the blocking of their bank accounts and the prohibition of sell assets

In addition to Poma, ally of former President Rafael Correa, and Chávez, the Director of Communication of the Regional Government of Sucumbíos, the president of the Association of Public Employees of the province, a councilor, a leader and three other people whose charges have not transcended.

The defendants were arrested on October 7, when – according to the Prosecutor's Office – they “violently” broke into the premises of the Petroecuador company in Sucumbíos. The Public Ministry has assured that they arrived at the control room and threatened to attack the firefighter equipment of the Trans-Ecuadorian Pipeline System (SOTE) and the company's workers.

The SOTE was interrupted for more than two hours, a “stoppage of a public service in the strategic area” that would have cost the State more than 1.7 million dollars. The Criminal Code punishes such crimes with sentences of between one and three years in jail.

The case will be resolved through a direct procedure, so the trial hearing has been set for October 18.