"He would have still been detained. He still would have faced life in prison. He had a lot against him," Mr. Balarezo said. "I don't think it reflects badly on the government or the case. I think it was a measure of enough is enough."
"I fully expected him to go to trial a fourth time," Mr. Balarezo said. "There's a lot at stake politically for the government. I never thought they were going to let it go."