A Swedish national, Ola Bini, who has close links with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been released from prison by an Ecuador court that announced his detention as “arbitrary.”
The Swedish software developer was arrested while trying to travel to Japan on April 11, the same day Ecuador rescinded Assange’s seven-year asylum at its London embassy.
“There was effectively a violation to (Bini’s) right to freedom,” and his detention was “illegitimate and arbitrary,” Judge Patricio Vaca was quoted as saying.
He however remain to face hacking charges and will be required to periodically appear before authorities.
Ecuadorian officials alleged he was involved in a plot conceived by two hackers based in Ecuador to release compromising files on Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno.
The former Quito-based Center for Digital Autonomy worker is said to have travelled several times to meet Assange at Ecuador’s London embassy.
Assange was holed up at the embassy since 2012 amid fears he would be extradited to the US where he could face 175 years in prison under US charges of violating the Espionage Act.
The Ecuadorian authorities revoked his asylum on April 11 and is serving a 50-week sentence in London’s Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail.