He was captured on April 10, when the Ecuadorian president, Daniel Noboa, ordered the police and the military to attack the Mexican embassy in Quito and forcibly take away Glas. Mexico has broken relations with Ecuador, a veto that other countries such as Venezuela have joined.

Almost all nations have condemned the violent invasion of the embassy to take away President Rafael Correa's right-hand man, who, like Glas, has political asylum status and lives in Belgium. Both have been convicted of corruption in Ecuadorian courts, but some countries consider that this is a political persecution carried out by the different governments that succeeded Correa. The Ecuadorian Government argues that the Mexicans breached international laws by granting diplomatic immunity to Glas, who has two convictions.