THE Embassy of Ecuador in Spain has refused asylum to the former head of Ecuadorian Intelligence Pablo Romera Quezada according to political sources. Quezada filed the petition to seek asylum in Spain after he was named in a kidnapping attempt of a former opposition politician Fernando Balda.
He requested the asylum due to the “international protection in the political persecution that the current government of Lenin Moreno is carrying out those who considered themselves close or loyal to former President Correa.” according to a statement released in 2018 by Balda. According to reports, Fernando Balda was kidnapped for approximately 90 minutes by Quezada and former president Rafael Correa.
Both parties strongly deny the charges however eyewitnesses to the crime place them both at the scene. The Spanish Judicial courts investigated the case and refused to honour the petition to seek safety in Spain, citing “there has not been established the existence of a persecution or a problem that could be protected as provided in the Geneva Convention of 1951″Quezada was a former head of the already dissolved National Secretariat of Intelligence in Ecuador and has developed a deep rivalry with current president Lenin Moreno, and therefore fears the repercussions of the case if he was to return to Ecuador.