Julian Assange has been arrested by British police after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy as the below video shows.
Update 20:53pm 11-4-19: Julian Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson has just Tweeted: “Just confirmed:
#Assange has been arrested not just for breach of bail conditions but also in relation to a US extradition request”. Update: The US warrant was issued in December 2017 and is for conspiracy with Chelsea Manning in early 2010.
The Guardian reports:
Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder was granted refuge in 2012 while on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden.
Assange, 47, who has spent almost seven years at the embassy after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden, was detained after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum, Scotland Yard said. He was held on a warrant issued by Westminster magistrates court on 29 June 2012 when he failed to surrender to the court.
Scotland Yard said: “He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster magistrates court as soon as is possible.
“The MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster magistrates court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”
Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, said on Twitter: “In a sovereign decision, Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.”
But WikiLeaks said Moreno had acted illegally in terminating Assange’s political asylum “in violation of international law”. (Click here to read more)
It doesn’t matter what people think of Julian Assange he has rights and the Australian government has done bugger all to protect his rights. I don’t agree with everything Julian does and says but if Assange is sent to the US to face charges and possibly the death penalty it undermines democracy and journalism globally. The main reason the US are after Assange is because he has exposed corruption by teh US and in US politics.
I have been to jail twice making a stand for free speech and political communication and it has cost me but I’m happy to pay the price when you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. If Assange is denied his rights then what will happen to the rest of us and our rights in the future when we try and expose government corruption?
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