Julian Assange's fate will be decided on Friday
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday morning will announce its decision in favor of Julian Assange. The Council concluded that his detention was not justified and violates international laws. This was announced from officials in Geneva. However, this decision does not oblige local authorities to take any action.
In anticipation of the decision, Assange himself announced that he was tired of being in the Embassy of Ecuador, where he sought asylum back in 2012. On Twitter, he wrote that he would leave the embassy on Friday, and if the UN ruled against him, he would surrender to the authorities. If the decision is in his favor, which happened, he will demand that the British authorities return his passport and let him out of the country.
Assange is hiding in the Embassy of Ecuador in the UK in connection with the charges brought against him by the Swedish authorities. In 2010, he was arrested in the UK on charges of sexual harassment and rape. In 2012, having come out on bail, and having received news of the approval of his extradition from the United Kingdom, he took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador, where he remains to this day.
Two years later, in 2014, he turned to the UN Human Rights Council with a request to admit that he was being detained without sufficient reason, because he could not leave the embassy without the risk of being arrested.
The British police kept their constables at the embassy 24 hours a day for 40 months, which cost taxpayers more than £ 11 million. 24-hour security was removed only in October 2015.
UK law enforcement officials said that regardless of the decision of the Human Rights Council, they would be required to arrest and extradite Assange to Sweden.
Julian Paul Assange is an Australian Internet journalist and TV presenter, founder of WikiLeaks. He published in high volumes top-secret materials about espionage scandals, corruption in the highest echelons of power, war crimes and the secrets of the diplomacy of the great powers.