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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ecuador may extend inquiry into death of former defense minister

People's Daily Online, July 25, 2007
Ecuador's Defense Minister Lorena Escudero Tuesday has called for an extension of the investigation into the air accident that killed her predecessor after new evidence appeared, local media said.

"New elements have appeared during the Disciplinary Council hearings for one of the officers, which has not yet been completed," she said.

Escudero's predecessor, Guadalupe Larriva, died six months ago in a crash that also killed Larriva's daughter and five military officers. The helicopters in which they were traveling collided in mid-air close to Manta Air Base in southwestern Ecuador.

Escudero added that Larriva's chief of staff did not board the helicopter and there have been conflicting reports on his role.

A report on this evidence will be delivered to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa next week.

The president will take the corresponding measures, Escudero said.

Source: Xinhua

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