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Ecuadorian judge denies habeas corpus to former Vice President Glas

Quito, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Judge Patricio Vidal denied on Monday the habeas corpus appeal in favor of former Vice President of Ecuador Jorge Glas, who is in prison and his lawyers denounce cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment with danger to his health.

Lawyer Karen Gomez requested that Glas be transferred to his mother’s home, taking into account his situation of severe depression and suicide attempts. Vidal based his decision to keep Glas in the maximum security prison La Roca, in Guayaquil, on a report of state entities that indicate the detainee received 79 times medical attention, two of them from the psychiatric specialty.

In his statement on the first day of the hearing, last July 3, the former vice president made known his delicate condition since he was kidnapped on April 5, during the police raid on the Mexican Embassy in Quito, where he was taking refuge.

He stated he has had no access to medicines and denounced he has found rodent feces on his bed, which have bitten him several times on his legs.

He also unfolded he is not allowed to have frequent contact with his defense lawyers, both nationally and internationally, who do not receive fees and are attending his case as a humanitarian issue.

On Monday, Glas’ international defense team criticized the disinformation campaign on the conditions of his detention, as well as the Government’s statements, which it considered inaccurate and seeking to minimize the seriousness of the situation.

In relation to Vidal’s ruling, the defense affirmed that it lacks sufficient legal grounds, “evidencing a clear lack of impartiality in the process.”