Activists such as Danilo Manzano of the organization Diálogo Diverso, argue that there should be more favorable conditions for the participation of the LGBTI community. Photos: Luis Argüello / Plan V
The "technical" smuggling is the one that takes place through sea and airports. This crime involves organized gangs that seek to establish a criminal legality in the process of importing and exporting goods. Photo: El Universo
This is one of the last photographs of the group of Ecuadorians who disappeared after arriving in the Bahamas. Photo: Courtesy of 1800 Migrante
Photo: Luis Argüello / PlanV
In the Eugenio Espejo hospital, some people have been injured during the protests. One of the most serious is Juan Olovacha who was operated to remove the pellets.
Photo: Willy David Maigua
The singer's band was arrested in October 2018 with 741 kilos of drugs.
How do you avoid justice in drug trafficking cases? The anti-narcotic agents have it very clear. There are several levels and several figures that allow to favor the defendants, despite the evidence. For example, there is a first level where prosecutors are, who can refrain from accusing, reformulating charges, accessing effective cooperation or abbreviated procedures that benefit detainees in penalties.
The Prosecutor's Office of Ecuador continues to gather the evidence that it must present to accuse Ola Bini of a possible computer crime, and some of them have already been published. On the eve of the deadline for the investigation, on August 29, prosecutor Fabián Chávez reformulated the charges against the Swede. Now he accuses him of violating article 234 of the Criminal Code, which is included in the "crimes against good living" section and which consists of "non-consensual access" to a computer system. The prosecutor wields the "screenshot" theory.
The administration of Rafael Correa had granted him asylum. Assange lived in one of the embassy´s offices, which cost six million dollars to the taxpayers. Although the current president, Lenin Moreno, agreed to grant him Ecuadorian citizenship, it was “suspended” due to multiple inconsistencies on how it was granted.
Perez, whose original name is Carlos, changed his name to Yaku, word for water in Quechua, because of his commitment to the defense of the water sources in the Andes. As the leader of the organization for indigenous people from the Sierra in Ecuador, he opposed and questioned policies of Rafael Correa´s administration (2006-2017) that open the doors to great foreign mining companies wanting to exploit gold, silver, and copper deposits from the mountains in the south of the country.
Correa questioned the appointment of Salazar, he considers her to be biased in favor of his political enemies.
Lady Diana Salazar, 37, is a lawyer and the first black woman to serve as the Attorney General of Ecuador. The Council for Citizen Participation organized the contest after which she was sworn in by the National Assembly. There is great hope that she will investigate thoroughly corruption cases that involve the ex-president Rafael Correa and people linked to his administration.
The teenagers recruited by gangs from impoverished neighborhoods would go to parties allegedly in exchange for money, alcohol, and gifts.
The Ecuadorian Police arrested a 75-year-old North American engineer from Houston who is believed to be the leader of a plot of sex parties, drugs, prostitution, and pornographic videos. According to the first investigations, “El Abuelo” (translates to The Grandfather) organized sexual events with minors of both genders at his apartment in an expensive neighborhood in the North of Quito.
If this measure is approved, Ecuador would join countries like Mexico and Argentina where same-sex marriage is legally performed.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights urged the Latin American countries to legalize same-sex marriage and although the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008 defines marriage solely as the union of a man and a woman, the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court is analyzing the possibility to implement the IACHR´s advice.
Photo: Chase Fletcher
Fauna in the Ecuadorian capital, like dogs and cats, is a public health concern. The growth of the animal population became almost unmanageable due to the authorities apathy and the lack of support to the few private non-profits.
The new president of Ecuador´s Constitutional Court, Hernán Salgado Pesantez, denounced the previous administration for selling sentences. They also found writings that after leaving the Plenum of the Court were changed before arriving at the Secretariat.