Thursday, February 4, 2016

BREAKING Julian Assange is Being 'Arbitrarily Held', UN Panel

A UN panel will conclude Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained" in the UK, the Swedish foreign ministry has said, according to the BBC.

Assange claimed asylum in London's Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies.

The Met Police says Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy.

The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to announce the findings of its investigation on Friday.

"We have been consistently clear that Mr Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the UK but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy,"a UK government spokesman has stated in response to the news.

"The UK continues to have a legal obligation to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden."

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