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  • Jorge Glas has been detained since October 2nd, 2017, when he was linked to the Odebrecht case investigations and in December was sentenced to six years in prison for illegal association.

    Jorge Glas has been detained since October 2nd, 2017, when he was linked to the Odebrecht case investigations and in December was sentenced to six years in prison for illegal association. | Photo: El Universo

Published 2 January 2020

Inter-American Commission considers that given the possibility of Glas being subject to a violation of rights, the state has the obligation to implement protection measures in the shortest possible time.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested Thursday precautionary measures in favor of former Vice President of Ecuador Jorge Glas, jailed since October 2017 after being sentenced to six years in prison as part of a case linked to the bribe plot of the Brazilian company Odebrecht which Glas denies to have taken part of. 

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Glas' attorney Fausto Jarrin announced it with a photograph that shows a part of the organism's resolution. In the extract, the Commission requests the Ecuadorean State to adopt the necessary measures to protect the life and integrity of the politician.

It also requests that these measures be agreed between the State, the beneficiary and their representatives, and to inform the results in a period of 15 days.

According to the document, which is still not published on the IACHR website, the Commission considers that given the possibility of Glas being subject to a violation of rights, the state has the obligation to implement protection measures in the shortest possible time.

He spent a year in a minimum-security prison in Quito before being transferred to the maximum-security Latacunga penitentiary on Oct. 21, which is the government says was a precautionary measure after ex-Secretary of Communication Fernando Alvarado escaped house arrest.

According to Glas, the move was an act of political revenge by the current administration of President Lenin Moreno who had declared war against former President Rafael Correa and his administration.

“I am a political prisoner... I have been transferred from jail for no reason, just to humiliate me, only for revenge. My life is in danger,” Glas wrote back in November 2018 on social media.  

Glas’s defense requested precautionary measures a year ago, however, according to Jarrin, the request intensified since the IACHR attended the country after the violent protests that affected the country last October against the elimination of fuel subsidies decreed by the government.

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