Ecuador | Appeals to International Court of Justice denouncing Mexico
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Published on 30/04/2024 at 08:40

Ecuadorian police stormed the Mexican embassy ​​hours after the Mexican government granted former Vice President, Jorge Glass, political asylum.

Ecuador appealed against Mexico to the International Court of Justice, accusing the country of violating its international obligations because it granted asylum to former Vice President Jorge Glass, the Foreign Ministry announced.

Ecuador filed its appeal to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) because of Mexico’s behavior since December 17, 2023, when Glass fled to the Mexican embassy in Quito.

In early April, Ecuadorian police stormed the Mexican embassy to arrest the former Vice President, who has been convicted twice of corruption and is now facing another investigation for the same offense. This event caused a storm of reactions and a diplomatic crisis between Quito and Mexico.

Ecuador is asking the ICJ to rule that Mexico violated international law by interfering in its internal affairs.

Leftist former Vice President Rafael Correa (2007-17) had just been granted asylum in Mexico when he was arrested. He is now being held in Guayaquil’s maximum security prison.

Mexico severed diplomatic relations with Ecuador after its embassy was stormed. It also appealed to the UN’s highest court, based in The Hague, denouncing the violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention that governs diplomatic relations and guarantees the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions.

From this Tuesday, the ICJ will hear the arguments of the two countries in the context of the appeal filed by Mexico.

Also read: Ecuador | Police Special Forces raid the Mexican embassy

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