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UNITED NATIONS: Britain must end Julian Assange's 'deprivation of liberty'

UNITED NATIONS: Britain must end Julian Assange's 'deprivation of liberty'

Rob Price | Business Insider

A UN panel said on Friday morning that it believes Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained.

Following a complaint by the Wikileaks founder in 2014, a UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has been investigating his case.

Assange has been granted political asylum by Ecuador and has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sex offenses and rape, which he denies.

The Australian publisher maintains that if he goes to Sweden, he will subsequently be extradited to the US to stand trial for his work on Wikileaks.

On Thursday, The BBC reported that the UN panel was going to rule that Assange has been "arbitrarily detained." The Swedish foreign ministry has also said the report concludes that Assange is being arbitrarily detained, Sky News reported.

And now it's official. The Working Group's head Seong-Phil Jong said in a statement:"The Working Group on arbitrary detention considers that the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been subjected constitute a form of arbitrary detention."

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