By: K. Noorshid
While UN panel ruled out in favor of Julian Assange and they see no point for continue of his arbitrarily detention, at Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the future of WikiLeaks founder is under shadow of doubts.
Julian Assange will demand that he be allowed to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London a free man, after a UN panel ruled on Friday he was detained arbitrarily there.
Despite that, Both Sweden and Britain said they would not be bound by the panel’s ruling.
Britain claims although it had never arbitrarily detained Assange and that the Australian had voluntarily avoided arrest by jumping bail to flee to the embassy.
The decision in his favor marks the latest twist in a tumultuous journey for Assange since he incensed Washington with his leaks that laid bare often highly critical US appraisals of world leaders from Vladimir Putin to the Saudi royal family.
“WikiLeak’s founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London on 7 December 2010,” the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled.
Un argues that Assange’s detention “should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected, and that he should be entitled to an enforceable right to compensation.”
Assange, who enraged the United States by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables, has been holed up in the embassy since 2012 to avoid a rape investigation.
Julian Assange has always insisted on his innocence for rape allegations of 2010 in Sweden, saying the charges are a ploy that would eventually take him to the United States where a criminal investigation into the activities of WikiLeaks is still open.
44 year old, said in a short statement posted on his Twitter: “Should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”
However the Un ruling may draw close attention to Assange, but his fate is unlikely to have immediate change until the current investigations in place.