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Ecuador’s Ex-Vice President Lands In Hospital After Arrest In Mexican Embassy

 


Ecuador's former vice president Jorge Glas has been hospitalized, days after his arrest during a high-profile raid of the Mexican embassy in Quito.


Glas was taken to a hospital in Guayaquil after falling ill, the country's national prison agency SNAI said Monday. He became ill after he refused to eat food provided to him while in detention, CNN reports


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SNAI said Glas was in a stable condition and would be under observation for the next few hours before being returned to prison. 


The news came as Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa on Monday defended the controversial police raid on Friday that led to Glas’s arrest.


Glas, who has been accused by Ecuadorian authorities of embezzling government funds meant to help rebuild after a devastating 2016 earthquake, was seeking asylum at the embassy when the raid took place. He was subsequently transferred to the maximum security La Roca prison in Guayaquil.

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