Former Ecuadorean Vice President Jorge Glas began a hunger strike Monday after being transferred to the Latacunga maximum security prison, his lawyer Eduardo Franco Loor has said.
We inform "the country and the international community that the former vice-president @jorgeglas is in deplorable, subhuman conditions, which is why he had declared himself on hunger strike. We hold the authorities responsible for his physical security and for his life," Franco Loor said on his Twitter account hours after he announced that his client has been moved.
"The national government is transferring former Vice President Jorge Glas to the Laracunga prison, violating his human rights and taking responsibility for his life, since he is in poor health," Franco said.
The lawyer announced the news through his Twitter account and claimed that this action violates his client's rights as his case is still being debated in Appeal of Cassation court and described moving him as a "political vendetta" on the part of the Ecuadorean government.
In a statement, the Communication Secretary reported that the transfer of the former vice-president corresponds to security reasons, following the flight of former Communication Secretary Fernando Alvarado.
"His security will be guaranteed according to the current protocols," the agency said of Glas’ case.
This month Glas completed one year in prison out of his six-year sentence over the controversial case of an illicit association related to the far-reaching corruption scandal linked to the Brazilian company Odebrecht.