The National Assembly of Ecuador has declared as ‘inadmissible’ a request by the Attorney General’s Office to investigate former President Rafael Correa in connection with the kidnapping of former Ambassador Fernando Balda.
After Judge Daniella Camacho requested the initiation of criminal proceedings against Correa, the National Assembly declared the request inadmissible with 83 affirmative votes, two against and 13 abstentions.
Former congressman Balda was kidnapped in August 2012 in Bogota. On May 31, Attorney General Paul Perez sent a request to the National Court of Justice alleging Correa’s "participation" in the kidnapping, considered a potential "state crime" involving officials and public funds.
On the outskirts of the National Assembly, protesters gathered to reject Correa’s involvement in the judicial process but were forced back by police using tear gas.