CONFISCATIONS/ Who is who?
AD HOC ASSOCIATE JUDGES

On May 6, 2010, Mazzini, Salazar and Rojas were replaced by Jaime Santos Basantes, Gerardo Morales Suarez and Gustavo Durango Vela a trio of associate judges with ties to the government. They were "handpicked" by the president of the Supreme Court of Justice, José Vicente Troya. This is contrary to that stated in the Constitution, which mandates that the selection of judges be done through a merit system.


These newly picked associate judges, responding to an undeniably "higher order", acted as executioners and resolved one of the most voluminous and complex cases in Ecuador’s history in just 6 days issuing a tragic-comedic ruling, where they invented the term of “nonexistent” as to the ruling of January 15, 2010 that found that the Isaias had not committed embezzlement.


Jaime Santos Basantes was previously Advisor to the Judicature Council, presented reports and edited drafts for the removal of the ousted associate judges Mazzini, Salazar and Rojas.  In other words, he created the vacancies on the judicial bench only to seat himself afterwards.


Gerardo Morales Suarez, who in  2007, as an associate judge recused himself from the Isaias case because he had been Roberto Isaias Dassum’s defense attorney, this time changed his mind and accepted the post alleging capability and honesty.


Gustavo Durango Vela, meanwhile, at the time he was appointed associate judge Ad Hoc he was advisor to the President of the Court. In other words, he gave advice on his own appointment. El doctor Durango, después de hacer lo que hizo en el caso Isaías, ha sido premiado como titular de la Sala Contencioso Fiscal de la CNJ. Dr. Durango, after doing what he did in the Isaias case, was awarded with the appointment as head of the Fiscal Review Division of the National Court of Justice.

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