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Raid on its embassy in Ecuador: Mexico will refer the matter to the International Court of Justice

Raid on its embassy in Ecuador: Mexico will refer the matter to the International Court of Justice

Mexico on Monday announced its intention to refer the matter to the UN's highest judicial body, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), after a police raid on its embassy in Ecuador sparked a breakdown in diplomatic ties and an international outcry.

Mexican embassy staff based in Quito left Ecuador on Sunday, two days after police raided the embassy to arrest a former vice president who had taken refuge there.

From tomorrow, we will go to the International Court of Justice where we will present this sad case. We hope to win our case soon.

A quote Alicia Barcena, Head of Mexican Diplomacy

The diplomats and their family members boarded the commercial flight in Quito after being escorted to the airport by the German, Panamanian, Cuban and Honduran ambassadors, the foreign ministry said.

Ecuadorian police officers stormed the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Clause on corruption charges – without recent precedent in the world – and have sparked a barrage of criticism since Friday.

On April 5, 2024, Ecuadorian police special forces entered the Mexican embassy in Quito to arrest former Ecuadorian vice president Jorge Claus.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / Alberto Suarez

In the process, Mexico announced the severing of diplomatic ties with Ecuador, followed by Nicaragua.

Ecuador has been criticized from all sides

The raid was condemned by leftist governments across Latin America, from Brazil to Venezuela, Chile and ultraliberal President Javier Mili's Argentina, as well as the Organization of American States, the European Union and Spain.

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