After more than a month of actions against organized crime, the government reported that the number of detainees reached 7,528, of whom 241 were arrested for alleged terrorism.
Likewise, during the operations, the law enforcement officers seized 49,264 kilos of drugs, 2,312 weapons, 158,000 bullets, 12,000 explosives, and 185,943 dollars.
In these actions carried out in prisons and in the streets, the security forces killed eight people, whom they identified as terrorists, and two policemen died.
In this context, a judge ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate alleged acts of torture by the military in several prisons where the military is located to end the series of riots in the penitentiary centers.
Magistrate Manuel Peña, of Guayaquil, ordered the “monitoring of the mental health condition of the detainees” and asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate within 45 days the complaints of alleged “acts of torture that exist in prisons.” in Ecuador.
This South American country is going through a state of emergency and an internal armed conflict, which President Noboa declared on January 9 in the face of a wave of attacks and violent actions attributed to organized crime.
These include the kidnapping of policemen, explosion alerts, the burning of vehicles, and simultaneous riots in prisons with about 200 hostages released.
By declaring an internal armed conflict, the government identified 22 transnational organized crime groups and classified them as terrorist organizations and non-state actors.
In this way, the president opened a legal door for the military and police to act with all their resources to neutralize them.
Ecuador is considered one of the most violent countries in the world, with 45 intentional murders for every 100,000 inhabitants in 2023.