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11 May 2022

Peoples Dispatch

Ecuador: Digital rights activist Ola Bini targeted with judicial harassment according to human rights groups

"Case against Ola Bini has consequences for all of Latin America, says report", 9 May 2022

According to a report released on May 5, by a coalition of digital rights groups and media outlets, digital rights activist Ola Bini has been subjected to politically motivated persecution and the legal process and case against him have been marked by deep irregularities and misconduct. The report also suggests that his case could have negative consequences for the entire information security community in Latin America...

Bini, one of the world’s leading digital security experts, was arrested on April 11, 2019 hours after his friend and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was detained in London. Bini’s defense claims that the digital rights activist is being targeted by Ecuadorian authorities for his connection to Assange... At the time of his arrest, Bini was imprisoned without any charges being filed against him...

Fabian Hurtado, an expert witness in Bini’s case who prepared a report on the prosecution’s charges against Bini, has been accused of obstruction of justice and his home was recently targeted in a police search operation... had his electronic equipment violently confiscated and that the police action was an “intimidating” act that undermines the digital rights activist’s defense. Human rights organizations claim that the Swedish programmer is the target of a campaign of judicial harassment...