Garzón may have role in Ecuador judiciary reform

May 6, 2011

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has announced that judge Baltasar Garzón–currently suspended from his post in Spain and working as special advisor to the International Criminal Court–may play an observer’s role in the reform of the Ecuadorian judiciary, the Americas Society reports. Garzón visited the country last week. Ecuador is getting ready for a referendum this coming Sunday on a series of proposals on  “a series of unrelated measures that could shake up the judiciary, restrict media ownership, outlaw casino gambling, and prohibit killing animals for entertainment.” Although some of the proposed measures have sparked criticism, the referendum is expected to pass. See also coverage by the BBC, Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal.