Outrage against international law: Mexico cuts relations with Ecuador over embassy raid

In response to the arrest of former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who had been seeking asylum in Mexico, Mexico has severed its diplomatic ties with Ecuador. The arrest occurred after police conducted a raid on Mexico’s embassy in Quito. In a statement that was provided to CNNE, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the move by stating that all Mexican diplomatic personnel would immediately depart Ecuador. After the raid, Mexico condemned it as “an outrage against international law,” and the United Nations expressed their worry about the situation. In accordance with the standards of diplomatic practice, embassies are typically regarded as protected areas.

Over the course of several days, a breach had been forming between the two Latin American countries, culminating on Friday with Mexico’s decision to offer political refuge to Glas. Glas had served as vice president under Rafael Correa, a socialist former president, between the years 2013 and 2017. In addition to having been found guilty of corruption on two separate occasions, Glas claims that he is the target of political persecution and that he had been hiding inside the embassy.

On Friday, however, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated on his official X account that he had been informed that “police from Ecuador forcibly entered” the embassy and abducted Glas, who “was a refugee and processing asylum because of the persecution and harassment he faces.” Glas was taken due of the fact that he was under persecution and harassment. The embassy was surrounded by a large number of armed police officers, as seen in video footage taken at the location.

Additionally, the arrest was confirmed by a statement that was issued by the government of Ecuador on X. The Ecuadorian government issued a statement in which it stated that Glas had been “arrested tonight and placed under the orders of the competent authorities.” The statement also stated that Glas had been “sentenced to imprisonment by the Ecuadorian justice system.” According to the explanation provided by the administration, he had been awarded diplomatic refuge “in contravention of the conventional legal framework.” Since then, Glas has been sent to La Roca, a maximum-security jail located in Guayaquil, according to an announcement made by the National Prisons Agency (SNAI) on Saturday.

The Ecuadorian authorities had most recently accused him of stealing monies from the government that were intended to assist in the reconstruction process following a terrible earthquake that occurred in 2016. Roberto Canseco, the head of chancellery and policy affairs at the Mexican embassy in Ecuador, declared to a reporter from CNNE that the arrest of Glas was “totally unacceptable.” He said, “What you have just seen is an outrage against international law and the inviolability of the Mexican embassy in Ecuador.” Canseco continued by saying, “It is barbarism.” There is no way that they could ever violate the diplomatic premises in the manner that they have done.

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