“The Emilio Palacio et al. Case, against the State of Ecuador, will be litigated in the Inter-American Court,” Fundamedios said in a statement.
The process responds to the sentence handed down by Ecuadorian justice in 2012 against Emilio Palacio, former editor, Carlos, César and Nicolás Pérez, executives of Diario El Universo.
In 2011, the then president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) sued for 80 million dollars, for injuries, to Palacio, after the publication of an opinion article on the 2010 police revolt, in which the then editor referred to the president as “the dictator” and said he ordered “to shoot at will and without warning against a hospital full of civilians and innocent people.”
Ecuador’s justice ruled in favor of Correa and also condemned the executives of El Universo as contributing authors.
The penalty was three years in prison and the payment of 40 million dollars as compensation, but in February 2012 Correa announced that he forgave the defendants and granted them the remission of the sentence.
Palacios and the Pérez brothers went, however, to the Inter-American Court in a lawsuit for the violation of their Human Rights.
“We were subjected to a trial plagued by abuses, lack of impartiality and illegalities. Ecuadorians witnessed shameful facts: the 156-page sentence written in a system outside the Judicial Function was notified to us within a few hours of concluding the trial hearing, “the directors of Diario El Universo said last week.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights presented to the Inter-American Court the case of Diario El Universo on October 16.
In its report on the case, made public by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) last Monday, the agency said that the State violated the rights to judicial guarantees and judicial protection since the criminal process to which the victims were subjected “It was marked by procedural irregularities, which demonstrated the lack of guarantee by the State of its right to be judged by an independent and impartial judge or tribunal, and the right of defense, within the framework of an effective judicial process.”
The Inter-American Court must now assign the case file to a judge to process it.