Ecuador's Former President Correa Faces Treason Probe Over Diplomatic Crisis Comments

Ecuador's government probes ex-president Correa for treason over comments on diplomatic crisis with Mexico, as the incident escalates tensions and draws global condemnation for violating diplomatic immunity.

Wojciech Zylm
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Ecuador's Former President Correa Faces Treason Probe Over Diplomatic Crisis Comments

Ecuador's Former President Correa Faces Treason Probe Over Diplomatic Crisis Comments

Ecuador's Public Prosecutor's Office has been asked to open a probe of former President Rafael Correa for alleged treason over comments he made amid a diplomatic crisis with Mexico. The probe was requested after Correa made comments related to the diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Mexico.

The crisis erupted after Ecuador's right-wing government, led by President Daniel Noboa, raided the Mexican Embassy in Quito to arrest former Vice President Jorge Glas, who had sought asylum there since December 2023. Glas, who was convicted of bribery and corruption charges, took refuge in the embassy after being released from prison.

Mexico responded by severing diplomatic ties with Ecuador and filing a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), requesting that Ecuador be suspended from the UN until an apology is made. Governments across the Americas and the world have condemned Ecuador's actions as a severe breach of international law, noting the violation of diplomatic immunity .

Why this matters: The diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Mexico has escalated tensions in the region and raised concerns about the respect for international law and diplomatic conventions. The incident has drawn widespread condemnation from governments and organizations worldwide, highlighting the potential consequences of violating diplomatic immunity.

Former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Guillaume Long suggests that the Noboa government's actions were likely an electoral gamble, as they underestimated the international backlash, leaving Ecuador completely isolated on the global stage. The crisis has further exacerbated Ecuador's political and social turmoil, which has seen a rise in poverty, crime, and narco-trafficking following the fall of the left-wing Correistas.

Correa has been vocal in his criticism of the Ecuadorian government's actions, calling for international sanctions against Ecuador and using the Puebla Group, a network of left-wing leaders in Latin America and Spain, to amplify his message. He has appealed to the European Parliament and other international actors to pressure Ecuador to allow Glas to leave the country.

In response, the Ecuadorian government has filed a lawsuit against Correa, accusing him of treason to the country. Minister of Labor Daniel Noboa has publicly stated that the government has taken legal action against Correa, claiming that he has acted against the interests of Ecuador. The government is also seeking to suspend Correa's social media accounts.

The United Nations Secretary-General condemned the forced entry into the Mexican embassy, saying it jeopardizes normal international relations. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decried the raid as "an outrage against international law." The incident has sent shockwaves through the region, with other Latin American leaders condemning Ecuador's actions as a violation of diplomatic conventions .

Key Takeaways

  • Ecuador's gov't accused ex-Pres. Correa of treason over comments on diplomatic crisis with Mexico.
  • Ecuador raided Mexican embassy to arrest ex-VP Glas, leading Mexico to sever ties and file ICJ complaint.
  • Incident condemned globally as violation of diplomatic immunity, escalating regional tensions.
  • Correa calls for sanctions, using left-wing network to pressure Ecuador to allow Glas to leave.
  • Ecuador's gov't files treason lawsuit against Correa, seeks to suspend his social media accounts.