Ex-Ecuadorian president seeks criminal charges for successor over coup

[JURIST] Former Ecuador President Lucio Gutierrez [BBC profile] filed a criminal complaint with the country's attorney general Monday seeking sedition and conspiracy charges against his successor, former Vice President Alfredo Palacio [official profile, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], for allegedly overthrowing the government. Gutierrez was arrested in October [JURIST report] when he returned to Ecuador after renouncing political asylum in Colombia. Gutierrez became the third Ecuadorian president since 1997 to be ousted after Congress removed him on April 20 [JURIST report] and named Palacio as his successor. Gutierrez sparked massive protests during his presidency when he disbanded the Supreme Court [JURIST report] and declared a state of emergency. AP has more.



 

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