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Monday, April 30, 2007

Asylum seeking lawmaker returns to Ecuador

Peoples' Daily Online

April 27, 2007

Ecuadorian legislator Gloria Gallardo who fled to Colombia this week to seek political asylum returned to Ecuador Friday.

Upon her arrival at the airport of Guayaquil, her hometown, Gallardo said that during her stay in Colombia she had denounced the political situation in Ecuador, the CRE radio network reported.

Gallardo and five other legislators fled to Colombia's Bogota Tuesday, saying they were escaping "political persecution."

Earlier this month, Ecuadorian prosecutors charged 24 congress deputies with threatening national security and put them on the wanted list.

Ecuador's Interior Minister Gustavo Larrea said Thursday that the judicial process was not influenced by President Rafael Correa's government and that those deputies were not being persecuted by the government.

Source: Xinhua

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