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Assange says he will 'accept arrest' on Friday if UN rules

Updated: December 14, 2019 Published: 2016-02-04

( - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will accept arrest by British police Friday should the United Nations rule against him in case against UK. Assange says he will 'accept arrest' on Friday if UN rules against him.

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange says he will agree to be arrested by British police on Friday whether a UN investigation in three and a half years locked up in the Ecuadorian embassy in central London is not excluded that illegally detained
Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy since June 2012, after the Swedish authorities requested his extradition. He has not been charged with any crime, but was wanted for questioning in Sweden in connection with allegations of sexual assault against two women against him.
The working group of the United Nations on Arbitrary Detention is set to issue a determination on the Assange case Friday morning.
The decision is a legal last-ditch attempt by Assange decision that his detention is arbitrary and illegal. It is based on a challenge to the European extradition system, its inability to access the benefit of the grant of asylum by Ecuador, and what he says is its long-term detention.
In a statement released by WikiLeaks on Twitter, Assange said: "If the UN will announce tomorrow that I lost my case against the UK and Sweden, which should leave the embassy at noon on Friday to accept the police custody British and no significant prospect of a further appeal.
"However, it should prevail and be found States parties who have acted illegally, I expect the immediate return of my passport and completion of new attempts to arrest me."
WikiLeaks founder had raised repeated concerns about the Swedish demands to be questioned in person by charges due to fears that can be extradited to the United States. A grand jury investigation is still believed to be in place in the US WikiLeaks after the publication of the newspaper war in Afghanistan and US diplomatic cables.
The Swedish authorities have come under scrutiny for their approach to questioning. It was only in January 2016 an agreement was finally reached by prosecutors with the Ecuadorian authorities to allow Assange to be questioned in the embassy in London.
Swedish authorities said in August 2015 were ceasing their research on two counts of alleged sexual harassment and one count of alleged unlawful coercion, crimes reach their statute of limitations. A new allegation of rape is still under investigation.
Assange first entered the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after mounting a series of legal challenges in the UK for an extradition warrant from Sweden.

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