Writ of habeas corpus requested by the detainee in Ecuador by case Facebook was not admitted for processing
The writ of habeas corpus presented by the American Paúl Ceglia, who several years ago demanded half of the property of Facebook, was not accepted by the Ecuadorian justice system. This was said on Thursday, August 30, 2018 an official of the House of Justice, in the neighborhood of Carcelén, north of Quito, to note that defense lawyer Roberto Calderón was notified about it yesterday, Wednesday 29, in the afternoon.
The lawyer has confirmed through his Twitter account that the hearing was canceled based on a resolution that encourages the National Court to deal with the appeal. “Canceled hearing habeas corpus of Paul Ceglia Judge inadmits appeal receiving request of National Court,” wrote the lawyer.
Urgente: Cancelada audiencia habeas corpus de Paul Ceglia. Jueza inadmite recurso acogiendo pedido de Corte Nacional.— Roberto Calderon P. (@rccalderon1) 30 de agosto de 2018
The hearing was to take place today in that judicial complex in the north of Quito based on an appeal filed by Calderón, who considered that there had been a violation of Ceglia’s rights for not having been brought before a judge in less than 24 hours.
The American was arrested on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in the province of Santa Elena and only on Saturday 25 was taken to a court of law. In an interview, Calderón denounced that the arrest was not carried out in accordance with the law, which states that “no person may be detained for more than 24 hours without a statement of authority.”
So far no official spokesman of the Ecuadorian justice has ruled on the case. Ceglia faces a trial in the United States for alleged fraud and extortion to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who claimed a part of the company with the argument that he had designed the website and that they had agreed to it in a contract that US authorities considered fraudulent.
After being arrested and leaving with an electronic shackle, Ceglia escaped from his country in 2015 and until his arrest last Thursday he was missing. The Ecuadorian justice decided on the weekend to follow the process of extradition to the United States of the web designer, who at the hearing refused to be voluntarily extradited. If the National Court of Justice does not admit the appeal, the extradition process can last about 45 days. (I)