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Assange ‘will not comply’ with UK police orders

AFP/The Local · 29 Jun 2012, 17:29

Published: 29 Jun 2012 17:29 GMT+02:00

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"Julian will remain in the embassy under the protection of the Ecuadorian government," spokeswoman Susan Benn told reporters outside the embassy.

Scotland Yard on Thursday served a "surrender notice" on the 40-year-old Australian requiring him to attend a police station at a date and time of their choosing.

British media reports indicated he had been ordered to present himself at a central London police station at 11:30am on Friday.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that Assange had not yet gone to a police station, but refused to confirm the date or time he had been told to present himself.

Asked if he would leave the Ecuadoran embassy, Assange told BBC television in a telephone interview late Thursday: "Our advice is that asylum law both internationally and domestically takes precedence over extradition law so almost certainly not."

The embassy confirmed to AFP on Friday that Assange remained inside the property -- a flat in a mansion block in the plush Knightsbridge district of central London, across the street from the famous Harrods emporium.

In a statement Thursday on the embassy's website, the diplomatic mission also confirmed that Scotland Yard officers had delivered a letter to Assange through them.

Separately, the South America department of the Foreign and Commonwealth

Office has written to the Ecuadoran embassy reaffirming its commitment to "promoting excellent bilateral relations between the Republic of Ecuador and the United Kingdom government," the statement added.

"The government of Ecuador will continue to foster good relations with the UK government whilst assessing Mr Assange's application for asylum."

He faces allegations in Sweden of sexual assault and rape against two former female volunteers at his WikiLeaks website and was arrested on an extradition warrant in December 2010.

He was bailed and embarked on a marathon round of court battles, but finally exhausted all his options under British law earlier this month when the Supreme Court overturned his appeal against extradition.

Assange says he 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.

He sought refuge at Ecuador's embassy in London on June 19, asking the South American country for political asylum.

He has therefore breached his bail conditions -- which state he must be at a given address between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am -- and is liable for arrest.

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A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers on Thursday "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.

"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."

But while he remains in the embassy, he is beyond the reach of British authorities.

Following the end of his legal challenges, he was given until June 28 to make a final appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, at which point extradition procedures in Britain could commence.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:16 June 29, 2012 by bcterry
Tic ........ tic ........... tic ..........
20:16 June 29, 2012 by Dazzler
Firebomb the embassy!
20:22 June 29, 2012 by GLO
Criminal.... Rapist, Terrorist, his parents must be so proud.

Coward now too....
21:33 June 29, 2012 by Nomark
Terrorist., freedom fighter, hero..... nope, he's just a very silly boy who has spent a bit too much time with people who idolise him.

A bit of self-awareness would benefit him.

He could start by recalling the conflicting stories he's given for avoiding the Swedes (CIA, feminism) and asking himself where the evidence is that he'll be executed or even that the US wants him. He also said he would bring down a bank with a leaked document... That one never happened.

He could also mug up on the European Arrest Warrant. This is at the heart of his legal appeals even if he has preferred senational megaclaims instead.

The problem seems to be that whatever he says is instantly believed by the faithful. They don't say things like "hang on Julian, last week you said something different" or "come on, is the US really going to execute you given that EU countries don't extradite if there is a possibility of the death sentence". Nope, they lap it up.... He' needs a critical friend, and fast.
01:23 June 30, 2012 by Harry®
Got to love him defying the smug political turds he has exposed as 100% lying turds

Because of this don't expect any government, including his own to be honest and help him on this ridiculous no charge no crime
01:34 June 30, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
This ongoing absurd fiasco has done nothing positive for Sweden's image around the world. Pursuing half baked allegations that amount to no more than a witch-hunt at the behest of politicians severely embarrassed by WikiLeaks disclosures as being nowhere neutral as they portray.

Never have I known of a case where the complainants put on a party for the perpetrator the next day and, in the second instance, goes shopping the next morning to prepare a sumptious breakfast for him.

Google: "It's Ecuador or Guantanamo" by Pepe Escobar
04:59 June 30, 2012 by Horganka
Assange is going to alot of trouble and expense to dodge a simple sex assault charge. Its definitely looking like the sex assault charges are a smoke screen for something more sinister (i.e. embarrassed politicians trying to get even with the person who revealed their lies and shame to the world). Shame on you Sweden, I would have thought the truth is something you would all stand up for but alas I was mistaken.
16:38 June 30, 2012 by bcterry
"Its definitely looking like the sex assault charges are a smoke screen for something more sinister (i.e. embarrassed politicians trying to get even with the person who revealed their lies and shame to the world). Shame on you Sweden, I would have thought the truth is something you would all stand up for but alas I was mistaken. "

Is it, ....... definitely looking that way?


"Bottom line: Rape is rape

Sexual assault charges must be taken seriously even if accused is a liberal darling"


"One woman says Assange forced her to remove her clothing, ripped her necklace, forced her legs apart and was "violent." She thought he tore his condom on purpose, and refused to get an AIDS test when she demanded one.

The second woman said she woke up in the morning to find Assange having unprotected sex with her. She, too, demanded an AIDS test. ............. Assange refused

The charges against Julian Assange are not that he was a bad date, or that he didn't call women back. It's that he is a rapist. If those charges are false, you'd think he'd want to get back to Sweden as soon as possible to clear things up, not fight extradition there like his life depended on it."
20:39 July 3, 2012 by expatjourno
bcterry, Assange has repeatedly said he would return to Sweden to face charges if Sweden agreed not to turn him over to the U.S. The fact that Sweden refuses to agree to that makes it obvious exactly what Sweden intends to do.

As for the ALLEGED sexual assault, neither woman has a shred of credibility, given their text messages and tweets after the alleged assaults. Plus one of them held a party for the alleged rapist and put him up her apartment for several more days after the alleged assaults. And both colluded with each other and aligned their stories before going to the police TOGETHER. That is why the original prosecutor declined to file charges.

Bottom line: Google "Duke Lacrosse team."
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