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Ecuador asks Mexico for consent to enter its embassy in Quito to capture Jorge Glas

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Ecuador asks Mexico for consent to enter its embassy in Quito to capture Jorge Glas

Former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas Faces Capture at Mexican Embassy in Quito

Two and a half months after former vice president of Ecuador, Jorge Glas, sought refuge at the Mexican embassy in Quito, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested authorization for the public force to enter the embassy and proceed with his capture. Glas is wanted for his alleged involvement in a case of embezzlement, to which he has pleaded innocent.

In a letter sent to the Mexican diplomatic delegation, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry stated, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requests the consent of the head of the Mexican diplomatic mission so that the forces of order can enter the premises of the mission and carry out the capture of Mr. Jorge David Glas Espinel, arranged by the National Court of Justice of Ecuador.”

CNN has reached out to the Mexican Foreign Ministry for comments and is awaiting a response.

Last December, Glas entered the Mexican embassy as a guest, citing concerns for his safety and personal freedom. He later formally requested political asylum on December 20. Mexico had said that they would carefully analyze his request for asylum and collaborate with Ecuadorian authorities.

In January, Judge Luis Rivera issued preventive detention against Glas in relation to the “Reconstruction of Manabí” case, where he is accused of embezzlement for misuse of public resources meant for the reconstruction efforts after an earthquake in 2016. Glas, who served under presidents Rafael Correa and Lenín Moreno, has denied the allegations.

Previously, Glas was convicted of illicit association and aggravated bribery in connection with the Odebrecht scandal and served prison time before being released in November 2022. However, he now faces a new legal battle as Ecuador seeks his capture at the Mexican embassy.

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The Mexican embassy in Ecuador remains guarded by the police since Glas sought refuge there.

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