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Former Vice President George Klaus' defense filed a habeas corpus appeal

Former Vice President George Klaus' defense filed a habeas corpus appeal

(CNN Spanish) — The defense of Ecuador's former vice president, Jorge Claus, filed a habeas corpus appeal this Sunday in the jail's warrant section in the city of Guayaquil, according to online public records reviewed by CNN.

With this protection, Klaus seeks to leave the maximum security prison of La Roca in Guayaquil, where he was held this Saturday after being held captive inside the Mexican embassy in Quito.

According to the Constitution of Ecuador, the writ of habeas corpus “aims to restore the liberty of anyone deprived of liberty, as well as to protect life and physical integrity, by order of public authority or any person, unlawfully, arbitrarily or unlawfully. of persons of liberty.”

It's unclear when the judge will rule on the request.

Ecuador's prosecutor's office declined to comment to CNN this Sunday on the appeal brought by Glass's defense.

Glass was arrested on Friday by security forces who entered the Mexican embassy in Quito, in a move that strained diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Ecuador's foreign minister, Gabriela Sommerfeld, told a press conference this Saturday that the decision to enter the diplomatic headquarters to arrest the former vice president was made because of the “real risk of immediate escape.”

After the April 2016 earthquake that rocked the Manabi region in northern Ecuador, Glass and other defendants must answer to justice for alleged fraud for misappropriating public resources that should have been used to restore reconstruction and employment. Glas's defense has denied the allegations.