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Trial against accused Ecuadorian cop postponed

By the CNN Wire Staff
A policeman is on trial for allegedly plotting against President Rafael Correa (pictured) during unrest in Ecuador last year.
A policeman is on trial for allegedly plotting against President Rafael Correa (pictured) during unrest in Ecuador last year.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cesar Carrion is accused of plotting against the president
  • There was unrest in September of last year
  • The hearing was suddenly canceled because the judge went on vacation
RELATED TOPICS
  • Ecuador
  • Rafael Correa

Quito, Ecuador (CNN) -- A trial scheduled for this week in the case of an Ecuadorian police official charged with attempting to assassinate the country's president was abruptly canceled because the judge went on vacation, according to a court document.

Police Col. Cesar Carrion, who has been jailed for six months, was to find out at Tuesday's hearing whether there was sufficient evidence for the legal proceedings against him to continue, or whether the charges would be dropped. A new date for the hearing has not been set, and the proceeding is in limbo.

Carrion allegedly plotted against President Rafael Correa during unrest in Ecuador in September of last year.

On September 30, some 200 police officers protested for better pay. Correa went to the site of the protest in an attempt to appease them, but the opposite happened. Tensions rose, and the president was surrounded by protesters and whisked away to a police hospital. Carrion was the director of the hospital.

Police say that they treated Correa and put him in a safe place, but the president says he was held against his will and that his life was in danger. Ecuadorian troops eventually stormed the hospital and released the president.

Weeks after the incident, Correa publicly called for Carrion's resignation.

"(I want) this man immediately out of the police hospital, out of the national police, and talk with the national police because this man is part of the conspiracy," Correa said. "They should know who they are messing with, I am the president of the republic. How disrespectful."

Carrion's lawyer, Stalin Lopez, told CNN that prosecutors have no basis for their case against his client.

Last year's unrest left five dead and 270 injured.

Journalist Andres Lopez contributed to this report.

 
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