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Assange given 'surrender notice' by UK police

Assange given 'surrender notice' by UK police

Published: 28 Jun 2012 15:25 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Jun 2012 15:25 GMT+02:00

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 June 19, 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 spokesman 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 11:30am Friday, the domestic Press Association news agency said.

Citing sources, PA 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 June 28th 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 spokesman for WikiLeaks told AFP 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 with his envoy to London and other top officials to discuss Assange's request on Monday.

"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 10pm and 8am.

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

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

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:46 June 28, 2012 by oldonpalouse
I hope our arrogant friend is having a good time!
16:50 June 28, 2012 by johnny1939
Assange might just as well give up and surrender he has had it!!!!!!!! By this time next year he will most likely be dead.
16:55 June 28, 2012 by bcterry
Assange might just as well give up and surrender he has had it!!!!!!!! By this time next year he will most likely be dead. "

LOL, hilarious.

LMAO.
18:16 June 28, 2012 by cupidcub
Do not surrender my friend..
18:42 June 28, 2012 by GLO
Assange is overdue for jail, come on down criminal.....
20:29 June 28, 2012 by KingArthur
Due to the fact the swedish goverment can not denie ther will be an american "request" for assange. I think he makes a good move at the moment.

Nothing to say about the future though.
21:30 June 28, 2012 by Coaxen
To all people calling him a criminal: anyone can be made a criminal. That's no argument.
22:11 June 28, 2012 by Rat bat
I think that his trial in Sweden should be in open court (with reporting restrictions to protect the names of the two women)

But we have to wait for him to come out of the embassy, or be thrown out of the embassy. I would be interested to know how long he might stay in there.
22:50 June 28, 2012 by Smokebox
What a waste of tax payers money for all counties that are involved. I don't think he will ever spend any time behind bars??
23:47 June 28, 2012 by Harry®
Why are the names of the two Women not mentioned? No problem in naming Assange on a no crime no charge interview about-- well nothing?
00:42 June 29, 2012 by Garry Jones
> reporting restrictions to protect the names of the two women

What century are you living in?

The names have been in the public domain (There is this great invention, its called "The Internet") since the day this happened.

Code name AA = 77 700 google results on her real name plus Assange

Code name SW = 12 900 Google results on her name plus Assange

Original police statements

http://www.nnn.se/nordic/assange/docs/protocol.pdf

Translated English versions

http://www.nnn.se/nordic/assange/docs/protocol.pdf

Note that Assange HAS been questioned on this in quite specific detail!
03:49 June 29, 2012 by philster61
When was Assange questioned? Where is your source?
09:28 June 29, 2012 by rob582
Fed up of this weasel, bang him up already.
10:07 June 29, 2012 by Paul_225
Wait wait... Weasel? Criminal? What planet are you people from? He released some of the most important classified information that is kept from public view - and you have the audacity to call him a criminal? You people make me sick, you are the same idiots that support corrupt politicians and watch day time TV you sheep. Pull your heads our of your rectums.
11:56 June 29, 2012 by Garry Jones
> When was Assange questioned? Where is your source?

I already gave the source (Both of my links went to the English translation, that was wrong).

English

http://www.nnn.se/nordic/assange/docs/protocol.pdf

Swedish

http://www.nnn.se/nordic/assange/docs/memoria.pdf

Quote:

Julian Assange

Date: 30 August 2010

Interviewing officer: Mats Gehlin

Also present: Police officer Ewa Olofsson as witness

Leif Silbersky, legal counsel for Julian Assange

Gun von Krusenstjerna, interpreter

Type of interview: In person; audio-recorded

Type of protocol: Verbatim transcript with all utterances in English translated

into Swedish (slightly edited in this translation to English)

Abbreviations: JA, Julian Assange; MG, Mats Gehlin;

LS, Leif Silbersky; GK, Gun von Krusenstjerna

See document in link for more. This has been public domain for nearly 2 years now. I see no reason in people posting who have not read these documents as much of the speculation about this case is based on misinformation.
14:07 June 29, 2012 by bcterry
Wait wait... Weasel? Criminal? What planet are you people from? He released some of the most important classified information that is kept from public view - and you have the audacity to call him a criminal? You people make me sick, you are the same idiots that support corrupt politicians and watch day time TV you sheep. Pull your heads our of your rectums. "

Do you know he has not committed a criminal offense?

I don't know one way or the other.

I'll wait until all the information has come out, whether or not any charges will be laid, and if they are, until he has had his day in court.

In light of the fact that none of us know all the information on this, do you have the audacity to declare him innocent?
20:49 June 30, 2012 by DonQuixot
The first mistake Assange did was to live in the UK when doing something that would get the CIA angry instead of Cuba, Iran Russia China North Korea or one of the few countries where the CIA is not omnipotent The Swedish government have cooperated with the CIA, but the British government ispractically the CIA. The criminals that start wars with lies to make the richest 1% still richer may put assange in jail forever but they cannot put internet in jail forever. They think their enemy is Assange, but it is internet. There will be more people like Bradley Manning and Assange. You cannot expect millions of military and public servants to put their fear above their conscience. There will always be heroes.
01:49 July 1, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
@11:56 June 29, 2012 by Garry Jones

Thanks for those links. I recommend all GOOGLE:

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