Cops serve extradition notice on Assange

2012-06-28 21:03


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London - British police served an extradition notice on Thursday on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London requesting asylum.

Scotland Yard said they had served a "surrender notice" on the 40-year-old Australian requiring him to attend a police station, adding that failure to do so would make him further liable to arrest.

Assange faces extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, having exhausted his options under British law when the Supreme Court overturned his appeal against extradition earlier this month.

Fearing Stockholm would pass him on to the United States, he sought refuge at Ecuador's embassy in London on 19 June, asking the South American country for political asylum.


Scotland Yard has "served a surrender notice upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at date and time of our choosing," a spokesperson said.

"This is standard practice in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process.

"He remains in breach of his bail conditions. Failing to surrender would be a further breach of conditions and he is liable to arrest."

It is understood that officers from Scotland Yard's extradition unit delivered a note to the embassy saying Assange has to present himself to a nearby police station at 10:30 on Friday, the domestic Press Association news agency said.

A letter was also delivered for Assange.

The embassy declined to comment on the serving of the police notice.

Assange fears that from Sweden he will be extradited to the United States to face possible espionage charges, after releasing more than 250 000 US diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website.

Following a lengthy series of legal challenges that ran out earlier this month, he was given until 28 June to make a final appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, at which point extradition procedures in Britain could commence.

His lawyer was unavailable for comment on Thursday, while a spokesperson for WikiLeaks said he had talked to Assange on Wednesday, but declined to comment on whether an appeal to the ECHR had been made.


Ecuador's President Rafael Correa met on Monday with his envoy to London and other top officials to discuss Assange's request.

"The request for political asylum is being examined along with all the political implications it will have, including for Mr Assange," said Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, adding that no timeframe had been set for a decision.

He is already in breach of his bail conditions, which state he must be at a given address between 22:00 and 08:00.

But while he remains in the embassy he is protected by diplomatic immunity and beyond the reach of British authorities.

The Ecuadoran embassy is a flat in a mansion block in the plush Knightsbridge district. It is across the street from the well-known Harrods department store.

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