UK obliged to hand Assange over to Sweden despite UN ruling: UK authorities
Feb 4, London: The British foreign office has stated that the UK has an obligation to hand Assange over to the Swedes because of the rape allegations against him, despite his three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London being ruled as 'unlawful detention', by the United Nations panel examining his appeal according to BBC.
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will make their decision tomorrow as to whether his appeal is valid, however according to a report by the BBC, the UN panel has ruled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained".
According to Assange, he is a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador, and the time he has spent in the embassy is equivalent to arbitrary detention.
Meanwhile according to reports, the UK government has said that it will not "pre-empt" the ruling, because Assange still faced one allegation of rape while a European Arrest Warrant remained in place."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 spokesman was quoted by the BBC.
UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to announce its findings on Friday.
The Oslo Times