July 6, 2010 / 2:35 AM / 10 years ago

Ecuador says Colombia's Santos could be arrested

Colombia's President-elect Juan Manuel Santos speaks to the media as he leaves number 10 Downing Street after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron in London July 5, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

CARACAS (Reuters) - Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said on Monday that Colombia’s president-elect Juan Manuel Santos could be arrested if he visited Ecuador because of an outstanding Ecuadorean arrest warrant against him.

Correa told Reuters in an interview in Caracas that the arrest warrant against Santos, issued over the 2008 Colombian bombing of FARC guerrilla camps in Ecuador when Santos was Colombian defense minister, still stood and could only be dealt with by his country’s independent judicial authorities.

“A crime was committed,” Correa said, adding he could not interfere in the process.

Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Pascal Fletcher

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