Goverment of Ecuador refusing to grant safe passage to journalist
27/02/2012 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Henríquez said that the government has not granted the safe-conduct request because it has not issued an arrest warrant against Pérez Barriga.
Henríquez said that Ecuadorian Minister Ricardo Patiño said that there is no threat to the safety of the journalist, who has been ordered to spend three years in prison and pay a $40 million fine for insulting President Rafael Correa in an opinion piece.
Pérez Barriga, who is the publisher of a newspaper in Ecuador, was convicted along with his brothers Cesar and Nicholas, who currently reside in the United States.
The journalist has been granted asylum by Panama.
Panama ambassador to Ecuador, Noriel Acosta, was summoned to a meeting with Ecuadorian authorities recently where he was told that Correa would listen to pardon requests from the convicted parties.