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Julian Assange Likely to Be a Free Man

Julian Assange Likely to Be a Free Man

by Samburaj DasFebruary 4, 2016

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is likely to find himself a free man tomorrow, avoiding extradition to Sweden over a 2012 sexual assault charge that sees Assange currently living in Ecuador’s embassy in London.

According to the BBC, the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is set to rule that Wikileaks founder and one the world’s most prominent activist-journalists – Julian Assange, is being unlawfully detained in London. The findings are expected to be published tomorrow, while the BBC learned of the verdict today.

Earlier today, Julian Assange said that he will turn himself in to the British police if he were to lose the appeal filed with the United Nations. Assange previously submitted a complaint to the UN panel about his case in 2014, refuting a charge of rape in Sweden which saw him holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

“This is an application framed by political events,” wrote Assange in his complaint at the time. “It could be distilled to the simple and irrefutable fact that a political refugee, who has never been charged, has been deprived of their liberty for nearly four years, and confined in a very small space for over two years.”

In a statement posted on Wikileaks today, Assange said:

Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police.

He noted that there would be “no meaningful prospect” of a further appeal if he lost the UN verdict. However, if the verdict were ruled in his favor, Assange wrote: “ I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”

The official Wikileaks Twitter account also made light of the BBC report but insisted on waiting till tomorrow’s official judgement.

Despite the UN panel’s ruling, it has to be noted that the verdict has no legal grounds, nor is it binding in Britain. As things stand, Britain is still obligated, legally, to extradite Assange to Sweden.

However, it is unlikely that the Wikileaks founder would risk arrest by leaving the embassy, unless he gets the guarantee of not being subject to arrest any longer, along with the return of his passport.

Featured image from Flickr.

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  • Herbert Jones

    The British Government can use this as a get-out and save spending more millions to patrol the Embassy.

  • Juan Ganem

    Democracy Freedom jojojo wishful thinking reality is before your eyes confusius

  • Ben Jones

    You guys hiring any proofreaders?? If you’re going to quote someone (and even have the quoted material posted directly below the quote)… I’d suggest getting it right. […he expects “the immediate return of my *password*…”] Just say’n. 😉

    • Ruggedknot

      Cheers for pointing that out. Got it right – with a bit of help, no less (!).