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Thursday 11 April 2019

WikiLeaks: Julian Assange Arrested

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LONDON (euronews) — WikLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, ending his seven-year asylum tenure there. The Metropolitan Police confirmed the arrest in a statement released on Thursday morning.

Assange is wanted in the UK for breaching his conditions of bail in 2012 — his bail was granted amid a case that would see him extradited to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault. To avoid extradition, Assange took up asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been until today.

Swedish prosecutors eventually dropped the rape charge in 2017, however, the alleged victim indicated on Thursday a wish to reopen the case, following Assange’s arrest.

Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said the decision to remove Assange’s asylum was made over “repeated violations” to international conventions and “daily life protocols”.

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