BBC: UN Panel Believes Julian Assange Was 'Unlawfully Detained'

BBC: UN Panel Believes Julian Assange Was 'Unlawfully Detained'

It's almost four years since Julian Assange took refuge in London's Ecuadorian embassy. Now, according to the BBC, a UN panel has ruled that he has been "unlawfully detained".

Assange complained to the UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in 2014 that his living in 27 square metres within the Ecuadorian Embassy was unwarranted and had taken a toll on his health. The BBC now reports that the panel will rule in his favour, though an official announcement hasn't yet been made. A formal decision will be made public tomorrow.

Assange already has a vision for what he'll do when the official news arrives. Via the WikiLeaks Twitter account, he's explained that:

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 as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal.

If he wins, as the BBC seems to think?

However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.

Others may beg to differ. The verdict of the panel wouldn't have any actual influence over what British and Swedish authorities actually do.

London's police force has already pointed out that a ruling from the UN wouldn't undermine the European arrest warrant against him, and say he'd still be taken into custody if he were to leave the embassy.

[BBC]

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Comments

    Rubbish. He's there of his own free will. He can leave anytime he wants to.

      Precisely! He has imprisoned himself, which is actually quite funny because he'd probably get better treatment in a Swedish gaol.

        what about guantanamo though?
        He's not afraid of the swedes, hes afraid of then getting extradited to the US.

          There has never been an extradition request from the US to Sweden. Also the US would have stood a better chance of extraditing him when the UK held prior to slipping his bail to the Equatorial Embassy as my understanding is the US has better extradition treaties with the UK than Sweden.

    Why can't he leave in a big diplomatic parcel?

      perhaps he could pledge allegiance to Ecuador, become a citizen, work he's way up in the ranks till he becomes a diplomat of significant importance to be granted diplomatic immunity. Then he can just leave and fly out the UK?

        Everything in a diplomatic parcel has immunity already though. So they just need a diplomat to take him in one.

    It's just another way for Assange to get more screen time for WikiLeaks.

    Whatever the UN decide will no way change the arrest warrant for him. Even after his arrest, he should stand for his charges as any other person would. If he is found not guilty, then he's a free man.

      Problem is, he's guilty :P

        False, Swedish prosecutors originally found him innocent of any wrong doing.
        But just after Wikileaks released all those files, Suddenly the case was opened again.

          You don't honestly think that I mean Assange is guilty of sex charges do you?
          Those sex charges are what Sweden is unwilling to extradite him on.
          Sex crimes *are* bad, but Assange has blood on his hands, and up to his eyebrows.

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