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Former VP Glas sent to hospital for IV infusions following a two-week hunger strike

Doctors are evaluating the condition of former vice president Jorge Glas after he received IV injections on Tuesday. Glas, serving a six-year prison sentence for his role in the Odebrecht bribery scandal, has been on a hunger strike for about two weeks.

Former vice president Jorge Glas

Ecuador’s government announced that Glas is stable but will continue to receive intravenous fluids and electrolytes.

Former president Rafael Correa stated earlier on Twitter that Glas’ health had declined.

Glas went on a hunger strike in October to protest his transfer to a high-security prison. A non-profit human rights group that recently visited the ex-vice-president noted that his health was deteriorating but that he’d refused hospitalization.

Glas was sentenced to six years in 2017 after his conviction on charges he orchestrated a plot to receive millions in bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. He claims the charges against him amounted to a political persecution.

Credit: National Post,