Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested after spending seven years in Ecuador’s embassy in London.
On Thursday morning (11Apr19), a Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson introduced that Assange was arrested by officers on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket in June 2012 for failing to give up to the courtroom.
“He has been taken into custody at a central London police station the place he’ll stay, earlier than being presented earlier than Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket as quickly as is feasible,” they commented. “The MPS had an obligation to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian authorities’s withdrawal of asylum.”
In November 2010, Swedish officers issued an arrest warrant for Assange in relation to allegations of sexual assault and rape, accusations he has denied.
Nonetheless, the 47-year-old claimed that he could be extradited from Sweden to the US on account of his position in publishing secret American paperwork, and after being unsuccessful in his problem to the extradition proceedings, he breached his bail.
The Australian-born laptop programmer was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and remained on the London embassy ever since, although in July 2018, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno confirmed that he had begun talks with British authorities to withdraw the asylum for Assange. Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation into Assange in Might 2017.