Update: The 4 have been released; read comments for details.
Four Indymedia activists have been arrested in Ecuador. Charges have not been laid and they are currently denied access to their lawyer. Below is a translation of a press release describing the events (from Spanish).
(RAPID) TRANSLATION OF PRESS RELEASE RE (((i))) ECUADOR
QUITO / ECUADOR / INREDH
Independent journalists victims of arbitrary arrest.
On Tuesday 6th May, 2008, between 10pm and midnight the social journalists Carlos Andrade, Santiago Cadena, Diana Cabascango and Francisco Jaramillo were arrested, members of the Independent Media Centre Indymedia-Ecuador. The case prosecutir, Dr. Francisco Noboa, headed the operation to break in to their houses and arrest them. It's said the prosecutor refused to inform the detainess about the reaons for their arrest, don't want to inform what will be the judge who knows the reason, won't show the detention order (arrest warrant?), not that for the raid.
This action is in violation of Article 24(4) of the Constitution, that states: All people that are to be detained have the right to know in a clear form the reasons for their arrest, the identity of the authority who ordered it, the agents who carried it out and those responsible for their interrogation.
For this reason, INREDH present a denunciation against the prosecutor mentioned (above). The Judicial Police are not permitting the accused to meet with their lawyer, they are in a situation of non-communication, for this reason INREDH will denounce (accuses?) this offense to the internal affairs of the Policia Judicial for them to take sanctions against the officers responsible.
These events make an arrest of conscience, it's to say a detention whose motive is political. The journalistic activities of the detainees are a constant criticism of the constitutional system and abusers(???) of the power of the rights of people. The goods confiscated from their homes were computers, work documents and posters relating to their political group.
This arbitrary arrest will be denounced before international organisations like Amnesty International, the Federation of Human Rights, the World Organization Against Torture and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
We demand that they end the incommunicado status of the detainess, that they indicate the reasons for their detention, that they take action against the Prosecuting Agent and the officials of the Policia Judicial for the violation of the detainess' Human Rights and if the legal suppositions (?accusations?) are not served then they are given their freedom immediately.
We ask for public opinion to maintain vigilance on these events that seem to constitute an attack on freedom of expression in our country.
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