The International Court of Justice (ICJ) held the first hearings on the lawsuit filed by Mexico against Ecuador.

Ecuador will present its arguments in response to the lawsuit filed by Mexico before the ICJ at the end of March.

The hearings began on the lawsuit filed by Mexico against Ecuador before the ICJ, for the breach of international law in the violent police assault on the Mexican Embassy, and the kidnapping of the former vice president, Jorge Glas, who was in asylum.

“There are lines in international law that should not be crossed. Unfortunately, the Republic of Ecuador has crossed them. Ecuador’s actions not only violate the established limits of international law, they also create a disconcerting precedent that reverberates throughout the international community,” explained Alejandro Celorio, representative of Mexico before the ICJ, after the allegations presented by the North American country.

“Ecuador’s forcible entry into our embassy and the attack against the staff and dignity of our diplomatic staff must have consequences,” Celorio added.

Likewise, the Mexican jurist assured that the police assault on the Mexican embassy in Quito “shows Ecuador’s contempt for fundamental, universally accepted and long-standing norms. “This conduct creates an imminent risk that another violation may occur.”

Mexico presented its allegations, in which it requests the temporary suspension of Ecuadorian membership in the UN system, until Ecuador issues a public apology. Likewise, take measures to safeguard the diplomatic headquarters, its properties and documents, avoiding any interference in these, and also avoid any action or behavior on the part of Ecuador that may affect the rights of Mexico in relation to the ruling that the ICJ may issue.

Ecuador counterclaims Mexico before the ICJ

In response to the lawsuit filed by Mexico, the South American country filed a complaint against the Mexican State at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

In its lawsuit, Ecuador alleges that Mexico used the facilities of its diplomatic mission in Quito “to protect Mr. Glas from the application, by Ecuador, of its criminal law,” regarding various criminal processes and investigations that are attributed to former Ecuadorian vice president.

Mexico’s actions regarding the asylum granted to Jorge Glas “constitute a flagrant case of improper use of the premises of a diplomatic mission,” reads the press release issued by the International Court of Justice, in which they cite Ecuador’s arguments.