Former Ecuadorian VP Attempts Suicide in Police Custody

Update 19:15 EST: The National Service for Comprehensive Attention to Persons Deprived of Liberty (SNAI) has confirmed that Glas is in stable condition after having been transported to a military hospital while in police custody.

SNAI stated that Glas had passed out from lack of sustenance after refusing to eat for 24 hours. Following his loss of consciousness, Glas received treatment from the Ministry of Public Health before being transferred to a health home in southern Guayaquil.

Former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Glas has reportedly attempted suicide through an overdose on medication while being held in a prison in Guayaquil.

Following the attempted suicide, Glas was reportedly transported to a nearby military hospital in a comatose state. The condition of Glas is currently unclear.

The attempted suicide comes after Ecuadorian authorities raided the Mexican embassy, which was in the process of granting Glas asylum, after an arrest warrant was issued against the former Vice President following his conviction on two separate charges of corruption.

Ecuadorian authorities stated this sought-after asylum was “not lawful” as the former VP had already been convicted on the charges established. The arrest follows an increase in tensions between the two Latin American nations, with the Ecuadorian government declaring the Mexican ambassador a “persona non grata,” requesting that the ambassador leave Ecuador “soon.”