They request change of jail of an ex-Ecuadorian president after measures of the IACHR

The defense of the ex-Ecuadorian president Jorge Glas, in prison since December 2017 for a case of illegal association related to the corruption scandal of the Brazilian construction company Oderbrecht, requested this Thursday his change from a maximum security prison to a minor prison in Quito.

Fausto Jarrín, Glas's lawyer, told Efe that this petition is based on the granting of precautionary measures in favor of Glas by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), to "protect the rights to life and personal integrity" from the former vice president.

Jarrín said that this Friday will begin a process of rapprochement with the Ecuadorian State to form a conciliation table that allows to specify the precautionary measures provided by the IACHR in its ruling issued today in Washington.

"I aspire, at least, for these measures to allow us to put Jorge Glas back to the Jail Number 4 of Quito on the negotiating table, from where he was transferred a few months ago, in an allegedly irregular process, to the prison of maximum security of the Andean city of Latacunga, added the lawyer.

According to the lawyer, the IACHR itself, which in recent months visited the Latacunga prison, suffered harassment from the prison authorities of that center, which could have motivated its current decision.

In addition, he said that with the change to the prison in Quito, Glas would be closer to his defense lawyers, family members and medical centers where he could be treated in an emergency if there were any negative changes in the condition he suffers.

Jarrín mentioned that Glas has fought a permanent fight against a disease that afflicts him and recalled that, in addition, he once faced a voluntary "hunger strike" in the prison of Latacunga, which the current government "took to the mockery" to try discredit that pressure measurement.

Precisely, the lawyer added, "the precautionary measures are called to stop the harassment" against Glas, by the current authorities.

He clarified that the precautionary measures are not pronounced on the "merits of the case" that is still against Glas, although Jarrín said that this decision "calls into question the harassment" to which his client has allegedly been subjected.

He also said that the decision of the IACHR also sends a message on these types of cases where there are suspicions of alleged "political persecution."

He recalled that a couple of weeks ago, the IACHR issued similar precautionary measures in favor of the prefect of the Ecuadorian province of Pichincha, Paola Pabón, co-religionist of Glas, both related to former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017).

Glas's is "the second observation in less than a month that the Ecuadorian State is made through the procedures" and the alleged violation of human rights of opponents, Jarrín remarked.

The former Ecuadorian vice president was sentenced at the end of 2017 to six years in prison for a crime of unlawful association related to the Odebrecht corruption plot, which he has denied.


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