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"Ruling is to keep the confiscated assets"
Xavier Castro, defense counsel for the Isaias brothers, asserts that the ruling against his clients is a pretext to avoid accountability on the assets confiscated more than 5 years ago and to not return the television channels TC Television, Gamavision and CN3. He adds that the judiciary in Ecuador is controlled by the Executive and that the Commission for Human Rights of the U.N.in Geneva has been informed of this. This Court will have the last say on this matter.

Guayaquil, Ecuador. March 14, 2014.- 

Xavier Castro, defense counsel for the Isaias brothers, asserts that the ruling against his clients is a pretext to avoid accountability on the assets confiscated more than 5 years ago and to not return the television channels TC Television, Gamavision and CN3. He adds that the judiciary in Ecuador is controlled by the Executive and that the Commission for Human Rights of the U.N.in Geneva has been informed of this.  This Court will have the last say on this matter.

During a press conference, the attorney said that the ruling issued by justices Paul Íñiguez , Ximena Vintimilla and Johnny Aylaurdo is a chronicle of an announced sentence because Íñiguez  had already stated his opinion in writing in September 2013.  Since last year, the Ecuadorean Embassy in Washington has assembled a mulit-million dollar campaign including lobbying, public relations and media spokespersons in the US which has been paid with money pertaining to the Ecuadorean people for the sole purpose of bring back the Isaias brothers as political trophies.

According to Castro, the Isaias brothers cannot be found innocent by this Government because this is a political and media case in which his clients have been used as tools, and furthermore because their innocence would imply that first of all, there would be accountability for more than one billion dollars of confiscated assets many of which have been squandered or bankrupted; and secondly, the return of their television channels TC Television, Gamavision and CN3 that the Government has been using in all of its campaigns since 2008and which are the crown jewels of the political project of Correismo.

He goes on to say that the trial against the Isaias brothers- that holds the record of 14 years of persecution- is the most egregious violation of not only human rights but due process as well that is known in the history of Ecuadorean justice; in addition to the media torture his clients have been subjected to especially during this Government.

Xavier Castro also made mention of the fact that the judges that ruled on this case were the same judges who have handled cases of interest to the Government, such as
Duzac, Mahuad, Pedro Delgado, El Universo, where they favor some and disadvantage others.


Source: Ecuador en Vivo
http://www.ecuadorenvivo.com/politica/24-politica/12245-fallo-es-para-aduenarse-de-los-bienes-confiscados-segun-abogado-de-hermanos-isaias.html#.U0OKI61dU5g





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