Ecuadorian police arrest former vice president at Mexican embassy in Quito, leading to diplomatic severing of ties and outcry

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the severing of diplomatic relations with Ecuador following the arrest of former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas.Ecuadorian police broke through the external doors of the in Quito to arrest Glas, who had been residing there since December.  Glas sought political asylum at the embassy after being indicted on corruption charges.Roberto Canseco, head of the Mexican consular section in Quito, expressed concerns about the break-in, stating that diplomats suffered injuries and that Glas could be killed.”This is not possible. It cannot be. This is crazy,” Canseco said. “I am very worried because they could kill him. There is no basis to do this. This is totally outside the norm.” Alicia Bárcena, Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations, announced that Mexico would take the case to the in The Hague, Netherlands, “to denounce Ecuador’s responsibility for violations of international law.”  She also recalled Mexican diplomats.Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Gabriela Sommerfeld stated that the decision to enter the embassy was made by President Daniel Noboa due to Glas’ “imminent flight risk” and the exhaustion of diplomatic dialogue with Mexico.  Mexico granted Glas asylum hours before the raid.  Sommerfeld emphasized that “it is not legal to grant asylum to people convicted of common crimes and by competent courts.” Authorities are investigating Glas over alleged irregularities during his management of reconstruction efforts following a powerful earthquake in 2016 that killed hundreds of people. He was previously convicted of bribery and corruption charges.The Organization of American States reminded its members of their obligation not to “invoke norms of domestic law to justify non-compliance with their international obligations.” The Spanish foreign ministry condemned the entry into the embassy as a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, calling for respect for international law and harmony between Mexico and Ecuador.U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller emphasized that the United States condemns any violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and takes the obligation of host countries under international law to respect the inviolability of diplomatic missions very seriously.  He urged both countries to resolve their differences.Honduran President Xiomara Castro characterized the raid as “an intolerable act for the international community” and a “violation of the sovereignty of the Mexican State and international law” because “it ignores the historical and fundamental right to asylum.” On Saturday, Glas was taken from the attorney general’s office in Quito to the port city of Guayaquil, where he will remain in custody at a maximum-security prison.  People gathered outside the prosecutor’s office shouted “strength” as he left with a convoy of police and military vehicles.Glas’ attorney, Sonia Vera, detailed how officers broke into his room, resisted his attempts to put his hands behind his back, and then “knocked him to the floor, kicked him in the head, in the spine, in the legs, the hands,” and dragged him out when he “couldn’t walk.”  Vera stated that the defense team was not allowed to speak with Glas while he was at the prosecutor’s office and is now working to file a habeas corpus petition.  are considered foreign soil and “inviolable” under the Vienna treaties and host country law enforcement agencies are not allowed to enter without the permission of the ambassador.  People seeking asylum have lived anywhere from days to years at embassies around the world, including at Ecuador’s in London, which housed for seven years because British police could not enter to arrest him.