Friday, 5 February, the UN working group on cases of unlawful deprivation of liberty officially announced its verdict on the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. As was reported before, his complaint was upheld, reports NEWSru.com.
The working group urged the UK and Sweden to pay compensation to Assange for unlawful deprivation of liberty.
According to the Agency, the decision was not taken unanimously — voted three of the five members of the working group. One participant abstained from voting, as the reason for putting in their nationality. Another expressed an opinion different from the majority.
Earlier, Assange announced his intention to surrender to the police, if the UN will make a decision not in his favor. In turn, the police said it would detain Assange if he leaves the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
While commenting on the verdict of the UN working group on Thursday, a spokesman for the British foreign office stressed that UK is still obliged to extradite WikiLeaks founder to Sweden on charges of rape. Friday at the British position has not changed — as AFP reports, it disagrees with the decision of the working group.
The foreign office yesterday also said that the decision of the UN working group does not reflect the views of the Swedish authorities.
Julian Assange is an Australian journalist, founded in 2006, the organization WikiLeaks. On its website, are secret documents and incriminating materials. Since 2012 Assange is hiding in the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is suspected of rape and sexual harassment (he all charges in his address denies). Assange fears that Stockholm will hand him over to the US where he could face the death penalty for publishing secret documents.
As reported, in Sweden took three of the four allegations of sex crimes with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because of the lapse of time of the charges.
In July 2015 Assange asked for asylum in France, published a letter in the press, because «his life was in danger». France, however, refused his request.
The UN working group acknowledged that Assange is illegally deprived of liberty 05.02.2016