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Assange unlawfully detained, says UN panel

Thu, Feb 04, 2016, 04:38 PM
A UN panel has ruled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been "unlawfully detained", the BBC reported.
Assange claimed asylum in London's Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over criminal assault claims by a Swedish woman, which he has denied.
The Met Police in London said he would still be held if he does leave the embassy.
He earlier tweeted he would accept arrest if the panel ruled against him, but called for his arrest warrant to be dropped if the decision went in his favour.
A warrant for his arrest remains in place.
In 2014, Assange complained to the UN that he was being "arbitrarily detained," as he could not leave the Ecudorian embassy without being arrested.
The UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to announce the findings of its investigation into the case on Friday.
Its panel of legal experts has taken evidence from the UK and Sweden.
Wikileaks tweeted it was waiting for "official confirmation".
Another whistle-blower of the US, Edward Snowden, is figuring prominently for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Now Assange is another contender.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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