Arrested former vice president of Ecuador taken to hospital | Ecuador

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Ecuador’s former vice president Jorge Glas was reportedly taken to hospital from the maximum security prison where he was being held, three days after the politician was captured inside the Mexican embassy in Quito during a police raid that sparked outrage. throughout Latin America.

Glas, 54, was sent to the Alcatraz-inspired La Roca (the Rock) prison in Guayaquil on Saturday, a day after being detained by Ecuadorian security forces inside the Mexican mission where he had sought asylum.

Ecuador’s highly controversial decision to arrest Glas, who was sentenced from Brasilia to Brussels, was widely seen as a flagrant violation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations, according to which embassy premises are considered “inviolable.”

In another dramatic development, reports in the Ecuadorian media on Monday afternoon said that Glas had been transferred from La Roca to a nearby naval hospital in an ambulance. It was not immediately clear why the former vice president, who had been convicted twice of corruption and considered a fugitive by Ecuadorian authorities, had been taken to the hospital. Various local newspapers reported that the politician had suffered drug poisoning, although the claims could not immediately be verified.

In a statement, Glas’s lawyer, Andres Villegas Pico, He said the prison warden had told him his client had been found “awake” in his cell at 8.30am.

“The security personnel stated that Glas had not wanted to eat all day Sunday… it is assumed that he took an overdose of medication to help him sleep,” Villegas added.

His lawyer said he had “no more details about what happened, his medical evolution or a clear diagnosis,” and added: “His life is in danger.”

Ecuador’s prison authority stated that after refusing food for 24 hours, Glas had suffered a “possible imbalance” and was taken to hospital by paramedics. His condition was stable and he would remain under observation, he said Monday afternoon.

As news spread of his admission to the hospital, exiled former leftist President Rafael Correa, under whom Glas served from 2013 to 2017, tweeted: “This was what I feared. The scoundrels will jump for joy. Hold on, Jorge!

The decision of the current conservative president of Ecuador, Daniel Noboa, to order The Friday night assault on the Mexican embassy.which was painted as part of his nascent “war on crime,” he promoted a torrent of criticism from across the political spectrum of Latin America.

“It was an authoritarian act… not even the fearsome [Chilean dictator Augusto] Pinochet and others had been very bold,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters on Monday.

European governments also condemned Ecuador’s move. “All governments must respect the sanctity of diplomatic missions,” the UK Foreign Office said on Sunday. “The security of diplomatic facilities and personnel is a fundamental principle guiding diplomatic relations.”

Noboa issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he sought to justify his actions to the international community. The 36-year-old politician claimed to have “made exceptional decisions to protect national security, the rule of law and the dignity of a people who will not tolerate any type of impunity for criminals, delinquents, corrupt people or narco-terrorists.” ”.

“Ecuador is a country of peace and justice, which respects all nations and international law,” said the president.

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