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Mexico gives political asylum to former vice president of Ecuador; rejects siege of embassy

Mexico awarded the political asylum for Jorge David Glas Espinelformer vice president of Ecuador, who since December 2023 has been taking refuge in the Mexican embassy in Quito, fearing for his life after an arrest warrant was issued against him allegedly for corruption.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this Friday, April 5, that after carrying out an “exhaustive analysis” of the Ecuadorian politician’s request and the information received, the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decided to give him political asylum, so this decision will be officially communicated to the Ecuadorian authorities.

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He added that together with the notification to the government of Daniel Noboa, the request will be sent so that Jorge Glas is granted safe conduct respective in accordance with the 1954 Diplomatic Asylum Convention, to which Mexico and Ecuador are parties, so that you can leave that country.

Jorge Glas, former vice president of Ecuador who is taking refuge in the Mexican embassy in Quito. (AFP)

He specified that according to said convention, Mexico is the only one authorized to qualify the nature of the persecution against political asylum seekers and this decision must be respected by the territorial State, in this case Ecuador.

In addition, once asylum has been granted, in accordance with Article IX of said convention, the government of Mexico can request the departure of the beneficiary to foreign territory, for which Ecuador is “obliged to immediately provide the corresponding safe conduct.”

“The government of Mexico demands that Ecuador respect our sovereignty, not violate the Right to Asylum and comply with its international obligations, guarantee the inviolability of diplomatic missions and cease the policy of harassment and intimidation,” he said in a statement.

The government of Ecuador had anticipated that would deny safe passage to leave the country to Glas in the event that political asylum was granted to him by arguing that there is a criminal investigation against him and he has a current arrest warrant for alleged embezzlement, a crime that is punishable by up to 13 years in prison.

The former vice president’s defense previously noted that asylum would help him protect “his physical integrity” in the face of insecurity in Ecuadorian prisons, where 460 people have died since 2021.

According to the Ecuadorian Prosecutor’s Office, Glas and two other officials of the government of former President Rafael Correa (2007-2017) They diverted funds intended for reconstruction from the province of Manabí (southwest) to other projects.

In a different process, Glas was sentenced in December 2017 to six years in prison for the corruption plot of the Brazilian firm Odebrecht. In 2022 he obtained his conditional freedom.

Police in the vicinity of the Mexican embassy in Quito. (AFP)

Mexico rejects siege of embassy in Ecuador

The Mexican government rejected the police and military siege on its embassy in Quitoa day after Daniel Noboa’s government declared ambassador Raquel Serur persona non grata, stating that this constitutes “clear harassment” of the diplomatic headquarters and a “flagrant violation” of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“It is evident that these actions do not correspond to the usual practices of surveillance and protection of diplomatic properties, based on the rules that regulate good coexistence between nations,” the foreign ministry stated.

According to Ecuadorian authorities, the deployment of police and military in the vicinity of the Mexican embassy is in rejection of the statements made by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador regarding the electoral process in that country after the assassination of candidate Fernando Villavicencio.

“The government of Mexico demands that Ecuador respect our sovereignty, not violate the Right to Asylum and comply with its international obligations, guarantee the inviolability of diplomatic missions and cease the policy of harassment and intimidation,” requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .

He added that if this situation continues, it holds Ecuador responsible for any impact on the diplomatic headquarters, its accredited personnel and any person who is under the protection of the Mexican State in that country.

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