Assange in breach of bail: UK police

2012-06-20 12:17

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought political asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has breached bail conditions and is subject to arrest, police said on Wednesday.

The conditions include staying at his bail address between 22:00 and 08:00 and "he is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act for breach of these conditions", a Scotland Yard spokesperson said.

However, the Foreign Office said late on Tuesday that because Assange was in an embassy he was on diplomatic territory and "beyond the reach of the police", although it said it was working to resolve the situation.

Assange, a 40-year-old Australian, was arrested in London in December 2010 on a European warrant issued by Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex crime allegations.

He entered the Ecuadorian embassy on Tuesday seeking diplomatic sanctuary. The Ecuadorian government has said it is considering his request.

The police spokesperson said: "At around 22:20 on Tuesday the Metropolitan Police Service was notified that Assange had breached one of those bail conditions.

"He is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act for breach of these conditions.

"Officers are aware of his location at the Ecuador embassy in Hans Crescent, London."

A police officer was seen entering the embassy in central London and leaving again on Tuesday night.

  • badballie - 2012-06-20 12:22

    Can't touch him unless he leaves the embassy grounds, good.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-20 12:32

      But how is he going to leave Britain, get smuggled in a diplomatic bag? He will have to exit the embassy at some point,yes.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-06-20 15:18

      Can't touch him because he'll be escorted from the embassy in a diplomatic vehicle to the airport. International laws.

  • Johan - 2012-06-20 14:13

    Leave the man alone, he has done what should have been done a long time ago.

      jruppersberg - 2012-06-20 14:26

      Rape and molestation??

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-06-20 15:56

      With a diplomatic van in a diplomatic pouch and into a diplomatic plane with diplomatica status.

  • jruppersberg - 2012-06-20 14:19

    Hang on... Why protect him?? He is wanted for questioning over sex crime allegations. He is facing charges of rape and molestation over a recent trip to Stockholm. If he is innocent why is he running??? I really don't care what good he did with Wikileaks. If he is a rapist he must stand trail and go to jail where he's rectum can be nationalised.

      customdesign - 2012-06-20 14:29

      Its not rape numbnut. It's for not using a condom. And he is wanted for questioning, no charges have been laid.

      delish7564 - 2012-06-20 14:51

      It's not so much the charges in Sweden, although the timing of those was questionable, it's the extradition from there to the States that would then be much easier and that's what he's fighting. Once there it is unlikely he would receive a fair trial!

      markblack10 - 2012-06-20 15:03

      It's impossible to stand up against the law if the law is against you.

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-20 16:12

      Holdanigono..You might want to brush up on your International Law before you go calling names, tough guy. Rape has many definitions, depending on the jurisdiction. In Sweden having sex without a condom IS rape if the other party consented to the sex on the condition that a condom be used, and then one wasn't used. That is the allegation in the cases, and it is, in fact, a rape investigation.

      tom.s.rand - 2012-06-24 10:42

      these are just allegations, the whole case is a shame & seriously he has been stitched up proper on this & we ALL know as soon as the Swedish get hold of him they will hand him straight to the US where he will be dumped in gitmo & forgotten about. Irrespective of what Swedish law say's about the definition of rape there is hardly any proof at all for these allegations & yes NO charges have been laid against him so stop thinking he IS a rapist or sex pest!

      dane.herbst.5 - 2012-08-20 07:10

      he didnt rape or molest anyone you fool, the US want him to dissapear, he exposed them, thats what this is all about

  • nicardo.maleswena - 2012-06-20 14:23

    @fidel...they can't touch him in the official diplomatic vehicle, coz it is still have immunities

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-20 16:29

      Dude...Cars don't have diplomatic immunity."Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity and a policy held between governments that ensures that diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country's laws". Embassy buildings do not have "immunity" either. The embassy grounds are considered a soverign part of the country they represent. Therefore this weasel is technically in Equador while he is in the embassy. Once he leaves, unless he has a diplomatic passport, he is subject to arrest. Any vehicle that leaves is subject to being stopped, and the only ones who could not be arrested are those with diplomatic passports. In many coutries diplomatic vehicles are confiscated for accidents and even unpaid traffic tickets. They can't arrest the diplomat, but they can take the vehicle.

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