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‘Outrage against international law': Ecuador police storm Mexican embassy to arrest former VP

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Ecuadorian police stormed an embassy in Quito to arrest a former vice president seeking asylum, leading Mexico to break off diplomatic relations with Ecuador. The arrest of the former Ecuadorian Vice President, Jorge Glas, had strained the relationship between the two countries since Mexico granted him political asylum. Glas, who had been convicted on corruption charges, claimed political persecution and was taking shelter inside the embassy. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized the arrest, calling it an outrage against international law. Ecuador’s government confirmed the arrest and stated that Glas had been sentenced to imprisonment. Mexico plans to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice.