The United States Embassy in Ecuador reported the revocation of visas to judges and different residents who work within the authorized and judicial sectors.
Hours after the United States Embassy in Ecuador introduced that it has “revoked the non-immigrant visas of several Ecuadorian judges and other individuals who work in the legal and judicial sectors,” The Council of the Judiciary (CJ) takes actions to seek out out who They are the judicial officers who’re a part of that record.
On the one hand, the CJ requests the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order that, as executing physique of overseas coverage, make the respective contact with the Embassy of the United States, for the alternate of knowledge in mutual cooperation so as to confirm if these servers have already been dismissed or proceed of their features.
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In addition, primarily based on artwork. 37 of the Organic Code of the Judicial Function, the National Directorate of Transparency CJ would require all female and male judges to formally report if their US visas have been revoked.
This is the second time that the United States Embassy has spoken of the revocation of visas to “judges and lawyers.” In the center of final December, the United States ambassador, Michael fitzpatrickIn an interview with a digital medium, he revealed his authorities’s concern in regards to the penetration of drug trafficking in Ecuador and the forces of order.
“This week there is the case of the ‘narcogenerales’, and we have already withdrawn visas. (…) But we are already investigating all these cases and others, such as Petroecuador, public purchases in the health sector; this includes judges, lawyers, public or private officials. When we have hard evidence and information in these cases, we are taking away visas. (…) No one can hide behind a judicial robe to commit crimes, “said Fitzpatrick.
Days later, the United States Embassy in Ecuador notified five generals of the National Police of the withdrawal of the visas with which they could enter that country. Finally, in another fact that was made public, last January 7, Jorge Acosta, president of the disappeared Tribunal Electoral Supreme Court and lawyer for political figures, such as former presidents Lucio Gutiérrez and Lenín Moreno, former comptroller Carlos Pólit and the dismissed mayor of Quito Jorge Yunda, announced on his Twitter account that the United States revoked the visa granted him in the 2007.
The United States revokes the visa of Jorge Acosta, former president of the Supreme Electoral Court and who has been a lawyer for several public figures
According to a press release from the United States Embassy in Quito, issued on Monday afternoon Lastly, the revocation was given by determining that people no longer qualify for these visas. “Because visa registrations are reserved under US law, we do not comment on individual cases. Having a visa is a privilege, not a right ”.
In the case of Acosta, who assured that he has never defended drug traffickers or rapists, and that he has no “inexperienced buddies”, the revocation was based on additional information that was provided to the Embassy after the approval and issuance of the visa, which indicated that he could be inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to receive a visa. “Due to the current circumstances, his ties are usually not robust sufficient in Ecuador and, consequently, his visa was revoked.”
When it comes to personal information, the president of the National Court of Justice (CNJ), Iván Saquicela, assures that he has no knowledge of who had their US visa withdrawn, but acknowledges that this is a sovereign decision. In December, when judges and lawyers were informed of the withdrawal of visas, Saquicela said that this is a worrying situation that “deserves a response and have to be investigated promptly, well timed and objectively.”
For the president of the National Court, what is good for justice is that, if the existence of infractions or an act of corruption is determined, it must be punished. Therefore, he believes that this is the opportunity for the CJ to investigate and request pertinent information, in order to avoid generalizations of corruption in the Ecuadorian justice system, but rather to speak of specific cases in which it has been demonstrated that there was an irregularity, through due process.
Through a statement issued around midnight last Monday, the CJ maintains that it will continue to exercise its powers, as it has done since 2019, implementing policies and actions framed in its first management axis: the fight against corruption, through which, as part of disciplinary control, 240 judicial servants have been dismissed: 75 judges, 44 fiscal agents, 13 public defenders and 108 administrative servants; and 177 suspension sanctions and 417 fines, reprimand or removal from the expert registry were issued.
“The US Embassy takes the issue of corruption seriously and will continue to carefully review existing visas and new visa applications. (…) Corruption threatens the stability of countries and the security of their citizens. It impedes economic growth and it undermines human rights and destroys trust in the authorities. It should be noted that in each instance of public corruption there is also a private partner, also involved ”, it’s acknowledged within the declaration on visa revocation made by the United States Embassy in Quito. (I)