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April 13, 2024 (EIRNS)—A three-judge tribunal in Ecuador ruled April 12 that the raid on the Mexican embassy in Quito last week, in which former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who had been granted political asylum, was arrested, was “illegal and arbitrary” because it occurred “without authorization from the head of the Foreign Ministry and political affairs at the Mexican embassy in Ecuador.”

However, “this tribunal cannot modify the sentence” against Glas, the tribunal found. Al Jazeera reported that “Glas is currently serving his prison term in Guayaquil, where he is conducting a hunger strike in protest.”

Mexico has broken diplomatic relations with Ecuador, and filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice to expel Ecuador from the United Nations over the embassy raid—at least until the country delivers a formal apology for its violations of international law.