Tuesday, December 11th 2012 - 06:01 UTC

Ecuador does not discard asylum for Syrian president Bashsar al Asad

Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa does not discard granting political asylum to Syrian president Bahsar al Asad and confirmed that a diplomatic envoy from that government recently visited Quito, according to an interview with the Brazilian media.

President Correa has openly supported the Syrian regime as he did previously with Libya’s Khadafi

“Any person that requests asylum in Ecuador, obviously we are going to consider it, since it’s a human being and we must respect his fundamental human rights, but in this case there were no discussions” admitted Correa to Folha de Sao Paulo, one of the city’s leading newspapers.

Specifically asked if he would consider a request from Syrian president Asad, Correa said he would address it as that “of any other person which presents a request of that kind”.

And he continued, “as we did with (Julian) Asasange (founder of Wikileaks), as we would do if you present us with a request. We will analyze the request of any citizen that asks for asylum to the Ecuadorean state with full responsibility”

Likewise Correa confirmed that Deputy Foreign minister Faisal al Miqdad was in Quito two weeks ago when he met with diplomatic authorities to thank Ecuador for its ‘objective’ position regarding the current civil war in the country.

Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to prevent extradition to Sweden on sexual abuse charges. The Australian fears that from Sweden he could be sent to the US where he faces the death penalty for revealing state secrets.


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1 bushpilot (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 10:17 am Report abuse
Pssst! Julian. How's it going in there? Ecuador is really making things happen for you, aren't they?
2 GALlamosa (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 11:08 am Report abuse
How much dosh does Assad have to prove his worthiness.
3 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 11:14 am Report abuse
Ecuador....where all criminals eventually go
4 briton (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 11:47 am Report abuse
you just could not make it up,

it seems ecuador is fast becomeing haven for all unwanteds in this world,

will he take in CFK when the argies kick her out .??
5 Pirate Love (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 12:27 pm Report abuse
nothing like a vote of confidence for asad from “The Latam Warden”, just make sure you bring your wallet asad you will need it to keep your beautiful wife safe.

What is ecuador trying to prove? they have influence? hahahaha or they need money regardless how they get it? or as i suspect they are showing off to other backward banana republics by acting important and thinking they are sticking it to the west again.

Ecuador you are nothing on the world stage other than a huge prison, never have been anything, and will remain so!

Good news crustina? Ecuador are taking criminals and they arent fussy either.
6 andy65 (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 12:54 pm Report abuse
Dirty Cristina Kirchner must be feeling a little happier knowing there is a bolt hole for her WHEN not IF shes booted out-MAXIMO to
7 Idlehands (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 01:37 pm Report abuse
This would have been a laudable idea to prevent a civil war.....over a year ago.

Now it is just offering to harbour a mass murderer that has lost the battle. It's far too late for amnesty for Assad.
8 Conqueror (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 01:56 pm Report abuse
@1 Things aren't going well for Julian. There was a piece in the Guardian the other day. He came over as a real nutter. Not that he didn't before. Isn't it strange to think that, if he hadn't run into the Ecuadorian flat, it could all be over now?
9 Shed-time (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 02:07 pm Report abuse
Julian Assange is a concretisation of the idiom 'making one's own bed'.
10 Britworker (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 02:52 pm Report abuse
South America maintaining the tradition of providing safe refuge for the worlds dirt bags.
11 Shed-time (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 03:01 pm Report abuse
∂Sh!t + Sh1t ≈ Sh|t.
12 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 03:24 pm Report abuse
We have quite a few prisoners that would love to make equador there new home.
How about presidente corrupto......want a population increase?

julian assange....the unsong hero.....lol. His 15 minutes of fame has long ended and the world long forgot him.
13 Conqueror (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 03:45 pm Report abuse
@12 I hope not. We don't want him. We shouldn't have to suffer his presence. He contaminates our air. Why don't the Australians want him?
14 Conor J (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 04:25 pm Report abuse
Is this guy a retard or is it just me?
15 reality check (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 04:37 pm Report abuse
Extract from Metpol Police Log
Ucuadorian Emabassy Tuesday 11th Dececember, 1012.

0900hrs. removal van arrives outside premises, two males seen to unload a large box marked “Bunk Beds” and convey them iside. Empty packaging ackaging searched on leaving premises, no sign of suspect found, one male reports suspect seen using laptop, apparently learning Arabic. NFA taken.
16 GFace (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 05:29 pm Report abuse
@11, Oh, I think we can dispense with limit theory, derivatives and partials to describe the Assad or any flirtations they may have with Ecuador... We're at brute force wet beer napkin capital Delta's! Even Winokur is trying to deny her drooling over Asma (who is so noxious even my autocorrect feature doesn't want to spell her name!). But seriously though I suspect the question hit him out of the blue, is it me or is Correa trying to become the poster child for visibility=validation fallacy? As as the saying goes, “all we're gonna see is your a$$h0le.”

@1/@8/@9/@12 Australia at one point mentioned that they were resigned to his eventual extradition “their” Julian to Sweden and even went I think as far as accepting that he may be extradited to the US. But all in all, I think the Ecuadorian consular staff is probably trying to find ways to trick him to run to the corner store to run a couple errands for them the next time he leaves his deoderant on the kitchen-galley sink or plays “cool jazz” without headphones, a la the way-long Penn Gillette skit.
17 Gordo1 (#) Dec 11th, 2012 - 08:24 pm Report abuse
@14 Yes, he is a retard!
18 Mendoza Canadian (#) Dec 12th, 2012 - 10:47 am Report abuse
Once they are all in one place, it will be easier to just “remove” them...

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