April 23, 2017

Britain Says To Challenge UN Panel Opinion On Julian Assange, Plans To Arrest Him

It would contest a United Nations panel opinion that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was a victim of arbitrary detention, says Britain. (File Photo)

|Reuters|
LONDON:  Britain today said it would contest a United Nations panel opinion that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was a victim of arbitrary detention and said the computer hacker would be arrested if he left the embassy.

“This changes nothing. We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention. The UK has already made clear to the UN that we will formally contest the working group’s opinion,” a government spokesman said.

“He is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy,” the spokesman said. “An allegation of rape is still outstanding and a European Arrest Warrant in place, so the UK continues to have a legal obligation to extradite him to Sweden.”

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