Ecuador’s arrested former vice-president taken to hospital

Ecuador’s arrested former vice-president taken to hospital

Ecuador’s former vice-president Jorge Glas has reportedly been taken to hospital from the utmost safety jail the place he was being held – three days after the politician was captured inside Mexico’s embassy in Quito throughout a police raid that drew outrage throughout Latin America.

Glas, 54, was despatched to the Alcatraz-inspired jail La Roca (the Rock) in Guayaquil on Saturday, at some point after being detained by Ecuadorian safety forces contained in the Mexican mission the place he had sought asylum.

Ecuador’s extremely controversial resolution to arrest Glas, which was condemned from Brasília to Brussels, was broadly seen as a flagrant violation of the Vienna conference on diplomatic relations below which embassy premises are thought of “inviolable”.

In one other dramatic improvement, reviews within the Ecuadorian media on Monday afternoon mentioned Glas had been taken from La Roca to a close-by naval hospital in an ambulance. It was not instantly clear why the previous vice-president – who had been twice convicted of corruption and was thought of a fugitive by Ecuadorian authorities – had been taken to hospital. A number of native newspapers reported that the politician had suffered drug intoxication, though it was not instantly doable to confirm the claims.

As information of his admission to hospital unfold, the exiled former leftist president Rafael Correa, below whom Glas served from 2013 to 2017, tweeted: “This was what I feared. The scoundrels will soar for pleasure. Dangle in there, Jorge!”

The choice by Ecuador’s incumbent conservative president, Daniel Noboa, to order the Friday evening raid on Mexico’s embassy, which was painted as a part of his nascent “conflict on crime”, prompted a torrent of criticism from throughout the political spectrum in Latin America.

“It was an authoritarian act … not even the fearful [Chilean dictator Augusto] Pinochet and others had been so daring,” the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, instructed reporters on Monday.

European governments additionally condemned Ecuador’s transfer. “All governments should respect the inviolability of diplomatic missions,” the UK’s International Workplace mentioned on Sunday. “The protection and safety of diplomatic premises and employees is a basic precept guiding diplomatic relations.”

Noboa issued a press release on Monday afternoon through which he sought to justify his actions to the worldwide neighborhood. The 36-year-old politician claimed he had “taken distinctive choices with a purpose to defend nationwide safety, the rule of regulation and the dignity of a individuals who won’t tolerate any sort of impunity for criminals, crooks, corrupt individuals or narco-terrorists”.

“Ecuador is a rustic of peace and justice, which respects all nations and worldwide regulation,” the president mentioned.

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