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Ecuador: Swede suspected of Assange link remanded in custody after appeal fails

Ecuador, Quito
May 03, 2019 at 07:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Swedish national, who is suspected of having links to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, saw his appeal against pre-trial detention dismissed by judges at the Provincial Justice Court in Quito on Thursday.

Ola Bini, 37, stands accused of hacking computer systems belonging to the government following Assange's eviction from London's Ecuadorian embassy.

"This is an embarrassment. My client, our client, is an innocent person, and he has contributed to development of digital privacy throughout the world," said Bini lawyer's Carlos Soria following the verdict, which came after nearly three hours of deliberation.

Bini is reportedly suspected of plotting to blackmail Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno due to his annulment of Assange’s asylum status and the latter’s subsequent arrest, with Ecuadorian Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo claiming that Bini travelled at least a dozen times to meet with Assange at the embassy in London.

Bini's father Dag Gustafsson has previously claimed that his son and Assange are simply friends.

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A Swedish national, who is suspected of having links to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, saw his appeal against pre-trial detention dismissed by judges at the Provincial Justice Court in Quito on Thursday.

Ola Bini, 37, stands accused of hacking computer systems belonging to the government following Assange's eviction from London's Ecuadorian embassy.

"This is an embarrassment. My client, our client, is an innocent person, and he has contributed to development of digital privacy throughout the world," said Bini lawyer's Carlos Soria following the verdict, which came after nearly three hours of deliberation.

Bini is reportedly suspected of plotting to blackmail Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno due to his annulment of Assange’s asylum status and the latter’s subsequent arrest, with Ecuadorian Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo claiming that Bini travelled at least a dozen times to meet with Assange at the embassy in London.

Bini's father Dag Gustafsson has previously claimed that his son and Assange are simply friends.

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