Assange refuses to leave Ecuador embassy

2012-06-29 20:10
(AFP)

(AFP)

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London - Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, the mission said on Friday, despite being ordered to turn himself in to British police so he can be extradited to Sweden.

Scotland Yard on Thursday served a "surrender notice" on the 40-year-old Australian requiring him to attend a police station at a date and time of their choosing.

British media reports indicated he had been ordered to present himself at a central London police station at 11:30 on Friday.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson confirmed that Assange had not yet gone to a police station, but refused to confirm the date or time he had been told to present himself.

Asked if he would leave the Ecuadoran embassy, Assange told BBC television in a telephone interview late on Thursday: "Our advice is that asylum law both internationally and domestically takes precedence over extradition law so almost certainly not."

Relations

In a statement on Thursday on the embassy's website, the diplomatic mission also confirmed that Scotland Yard officers had delivered a letter to Assange through them.

Separately, the South America department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has written to the Ecuadoran embassy reaffirming its commitment to "promoting excellent bilateral relations between the Republic of Ecuador and the United Kingdom government", the statement added.

He faces allegations in Sweden of sexual assault and rape against two former female volunteers at his WikiLeaks website and was arrested on an extradition warrant in December 2010.

He embarked on a marathon round of court battles, but finally exhausted all his options under British law earlier this month when the Supreme Court overturned his appeal against extradition.

- SAPA
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