Rafael Corretto: Rafael Vicente Correa / Reuters
Former President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, filed a request for asylum in Belgium. It is reported by the Nieuwsblad, citing AFP.
The request was made in June of this year. It is noted that in late summer it called for a conversation about the application for asylum.
Earlier, Correa was indicted in the kidnapping of an opposition politician Fernando Baldi, which occurred in 2012. The man ran away to Colombia, however, there he was bundled into a car by armed men and tried to return home. The car managed to intercept Colombian military, the Balde was released. The former President denies any involvement in the attempted assassination and claims he was framed by the current President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno.
By law, the court in Ecuador may not in absentia sentence in the case involving the kidnapping. According to TASS, Correa had to appear in court every 15 days from July 2, but failed to do so. As a result, in July, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Correa 2017 lives in Belgium, where his wife. He served as President from 2007 to 2017.
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