The Ecuadorian judiciary has scheduled the hearings in the case of Ola Bini for the 19th, 20th and 21st of January 2022. The cybersecurity activist has a lawsuit marred by years of delays and human rights organizations claim he is the target of a campaign of judicial harassment.
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One of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts, Bini was arrested in 2019 after his friend and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London. Ola Bini’s defense claims that the digital rights activist is targeted by Ecuadorian authorities for his connection to Assange, Bini visited Assange while he was confined at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Bini was arrested without any charges being brought against him, and then-Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno even claimed that the activist might have been trying to interfere in the US election. After 70 days in prison, Bini was released and is free to respond to the process. He cannot leave Ecuador and his bank accounts have been frozen. Your defense tries to quash the case.
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The rescheduled hearing has now been postponed because representatives of the National Telecommunications Corporation, the local state telecommunications company, said they could not appear on the date previously set. Bini is accused of “non-consented access to a computer system” of the Ecuadorian government.
The date was set after local media published texts portraying Bini as a hacker with political connections in Ecuador.
Edition: Daniel Lamir