The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden convened the ambassador of Ecuador, Lautaro Pozo Malo, to explain the situation of Ola Bini. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, according to Diana Qudhayab, press officer of the Foreign Ministry of that country. In recent days, the Swedish citizen was arrested at the Mariscal Sucre airport in Quito, after the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, was removed from the diplomatic asylum that kept him for almost seven years at the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
Last week, the Office of the Prosecutor of Ecuador filed charges against him for his alleged participation in the crime of assault on the integrity of computer systems. At the end of the procedure, the judge of the Flagrancy Unit, Rodolfo Navarrete, ordered the defendant to be detained in custody and the immobilization of his bank accounts.
At the hearing, installed at 22h00 on April 12, the judge described the legality of the detention of the Swedish citizen and heard the intervention of the procedural parties. To ensure the constitutional rights of the citizen, there was the participation of two translators of his language.
The Office of the Prosecutor exposed the elements of conviction that would relate it to the crime indicated in Art. 232 numeral 1 of the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code (COIP).
The Prosecutor of the case explained that in the suitcases that the citizen had, when he intended to travel to Japan and in the raid on his home, he found a large number of laptops, Ipads, Ipods, USB cables, USB data storage devices, cell phones, adapters, connectors of different ports, credit cards, among others.
Among the elements of conviction filed by the Office of the Prosecutor is also included a migration report obtained from the base of the Financial and Economic Analysis Unit (UAFE), which includes a large number of trips made by this citizen and another report in which it is detailed that, from 2015 to 2019, the foreign citizen made payments for internet services for more than USD $ 230,000.
Likewise, the Prosecutor indicated that on the night of April 11, the Office of the Prosecutor, within its legal powers established in Art. 444, numeral 8, of the COIP, decided to prevent this citizen from being absent from the place where he was for a period of time no more than eight hours.
Subsequently, the Prosecutor’s Office requested the arrest warrant for investigative purposes, which was made effective at the Mariscal Sucre airport.
In addition, at dawn on April 12, a raid was conducted on the defendant’s home to gather information about the activities he was carrying out in Ecuador, where he has lived for 5 years.
These days, from the Inca Penitentiary Detention Center, Bini sent a letter in which he said: “The case against me is based on books that I have read and the technology that I have.” This is like Orwell’s Thought Police We cannot let this happen. “
Meanwhile, his parents, Dag Gustafsson and Görel Bini Gustafsson, also sent an open letter to the Swedish Foreign Ministry requesting him to intervene in the case of the computer expert. The parents, who arrived in Ecuador last week, accuse the authorities of violating their own laws and of having held Ola Bini without notifying him of what he was accused of, in addition to not informing him about his rights in his language, or showing him an order of detention.
“As Swedish citizens, we demand that the Government and Foreign Affairs show that they do not accept that a Swedish citizen is treated in this way in another country,” the letter, published by Swedish public television, reads. They also request that the authorities of that country “protect the rights of Swedish citizens abroad.” (I)