There was a spat over the embassy raid

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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador filed a complaint Monday at the top U.N. court over what it called Mexico’s illegal move to grant political asylum to a former Ecuadorian vice president, which led to Ecuador’s highly criticized raid on a Mexican embassy earlier this month.
The Ecuadorian complaint at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands intensifies a high-profile diplomatic quarrel with Mexico, which has filed its own complaint with the panel alleging that Ecuador’s highly unusual April 5 raid to arrest Jorge Glas was illegal.
Ecuadorian authorities forcibly entered the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest the former Ecuadorian vice president hours after Mexico granted him asylum.
Glas, who was convicted in two corruption cases, had been living at the diplomatic compound in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, since December.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro even ordered the closure of his country’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador in solidarity with Mexico.
Immediately after the raid, Mexico broke diplomatic relations with Ecuador, recalled its diplomatic staff and closed its embassy and consulates.
Days later, it filed a complaint with the court.
It also wants Ecuador to let Mexico clear its diplomatic premises and the homes of its diplomats in the country.

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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador complained to the U.S. N. court over what it deemed to be Mexico’s unlawful action in granting political asylum to a former vice president of Ecuador, which prompted Ecuador to carry out a sharply condemned raid on a Mexican embassy earlier this month.

Ecuador has lodged a complaint at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, citing illegality in its highly unusual raid to arrest Jorge Glas. Mexico has also filed a complaint with the panel. This diplomatic dispute has gained more attention than Ecuador’s.

Ecuador responds that Glas was not eligible for diplomatic protection from Mexico because he was a wanted person due to corruption convictions, not political ones. Hours after Mexico had granted the former vice president of Ecuador asylum, Ecuadorian officials broke into the Mexican embassy in Quito and took him into custody.

Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Mexico had broken “its obligations not to grant asylum to people who are being prosecuted or on trial for common crimes or have been convicted by competent ordinary courts.”.

After being found guilty in two cases of corruption, Glas had been residing at the diplomatic compound in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, since December. Now, he is being detained in the port city of Guayaquil at a maximum security facility.

Ecuador “accuses Mexico of unlawfully granting Mr. Glas political asylum and of interfering in its internal affairs,” the court said in a statement. “.

Police from Ecuador scaled the embassy walls and broke in, according to security camera footage that the Mexican government made public. Head of Mexico’s consular affairs in Ecuador, Roberto Canseco, even moved a big cabinet in front of a door to block their entry. But, while they carried Glas out, police put him in restraints and forced him to the ground.

Following a devastating earthquake in 2016 that claimed hundreds of lives, authorities are presently looking into allegations of irregularities during Glas’s supervision of reconstruction efforts. In two different bribery and corruption cases, he was previously found guilty.

According to the Vienna Treaties, diplomatic locations are “inviolable” foreign territory, and law enforcement agencies from the host nation are not permitted to enter without the ambassador’s consent.

Diplomats, legal experts, and presidents of Latin America swiftly denounced Ecuador’s incredibly unusual use of force. In support of Mexico, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro even issued an order to close his nation’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador.

Following the raid, Mexico recalled its diplomatic personnel, severed ties with Ecuador, and shut down its embassies and consulates. It brought a complaint before the court a few days later.

Merely asking for an order to take “appropriate and immediate steps to provide full protection and security of diplomatic premises” and stop any more intrusions, Mexico filed a case with the World Court on April 11. Additionally, it requests that Ecuador allow Mexico to vacate its diplomatic residences and diplomatic premises.

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