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Assange's mum to meet Ecuador's top diplomat

AFP/The Local · 28 Jul 2012, 08:22

Published: 28 Jul 2012 08:22 GMT+02:00

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Ricardo Patino is due to meet with Christine Assange on Monday to discuss her son's application for asylum in the Latin American nation, the foreign ministry said.

Ecuador will respond to Assange's request on August 12, Patino said, after the 2012 London Olympics.

"We will take decisions that do not affect our relations with Britain," Patino said, explaining that Quito would be careful not to disrupt the Olympic Games.

Julian Assange, 41, is seeking asylum in Ecuador to avoid his extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexual assault.

The WikiLeaks founder fears that from Sweden, he could subsequently be re-extradited to the United States to stand trial for espionage, on account of the trove of leaked US diplomatic cables and military logs that were published on his website.

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Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has often been at odds with Washington and offered Assange asylum in 2010.

Correa vowed earlier this month that his government would not yield to pressure from Britain, Sweden or the US in deciding whether to grant asylum to Assange.

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Your comments about this article

09:24 July 28, 2012 by HYBRED
Christine Assange should be telling her son to step up and take it like a man. 41yrs old and have mama bail you out? What a wimp.
19:23 July 28, 2012 by Rod Munch
"Mum" lol
04:50 July 29, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
His mother should have spent more take making Assange into an adult willing to accept responsibility for their actions.
10:03 July 29, 2012 by scorpion69
Hello wait a minute. Julian has not been found guilty of anything. I do not think he could have a fair trial in Sweden bearing in mind the adverse media reports. If he goes to trial how could it be said members of the jury could bring an impartial mind to determine his guilt or innonence without already being swayed by biased reporting about him.

I am an Australian barrister who believes that the rule of law should be uniformly applied throughtout the world and the western democracries shoulder a heavy burden in seeing this is done transparently and coherently.

Greg Jones
11:04 July 29, 2012 by Borilla

An Australian who believes "the rule of law should be uniformly applied throughout the world". I am sure there are any number of aboriginals and other native populations who would find that laughable. Julian Assange has sought the public eye by claiming to be "persecuted". The publicity is of his creation. He admits acts which have endangered or possibly caused the death of dozens or even hundreds of people in disregard of applicable law. He is accused of assaulting two women and refuses to face the charges. In other words, he wants to decide which laws he will obey. Are you suggesting that "the rule of law" should be uniformly applied only to men or do the ladies get their day in court also? Is that an Australian "rule of law"? And please allow us to have a chuckle when brave Mr. Assange has mommy come to his rescue.
11:45 July 29, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant

So your complain seems to be stemmed on the fact that assaulting a sleeping woman should be uniformed around the world. Here are four countries that this is a crime; Sweden, US, UK, and Australia.

It is accepted that Assange hasn't been found guilty. However, that isn't the point here. He is wanted for questioning, and prosecution. He has consistently avoid being questioned in Sweden since after his initial interview, and the point were are at now.

Assange will get a fair trial in Sweden. As many Swedes have move on to others things such as gender politics.
01:14 July 30, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
I do wish pople would read up on the facts before rabbiting on. Julian has made himself available for questioning. He was subsequently allowed to leave Sweden after questioning.

For "purely political reasons", a secret arrest warrant was issued. This was followed by:

"20 November 2010

Prosecutor Ny issues a European Arrest Warrant for Assange and authorizes an Interpol Red Notice concerning him. In doing so, she ignores the less drastic alternative of arranging to interview him via Mutual Legal Assistance, an established mechanism for international co-operation. Ms. Ny states that it is not possible under Swedish law to interview him in England. That is an outright lie; there is no such law."

Given that "Sweden Violated Torture Ban in CIA Rendition", one would reasonably imagine that Julian Assange has very sound grounds for believing Sweden cannot possibly be trusted to follow the rule of law.

Please Google: "nordic news network+assange+sweden" to acquaint yourselves with the facts, not propaganda
04:36 July 30, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
Mr. Purdie Assange's

Swedish lawyer had to admit that the prosecutors being trying to contact Assange while he was in Sweden. The reality is Assange has little choice on where to be interviewed.

The Mutual Legal Assistance is not designed for interview a suspect in a crime such as those Assange is accused of. This should be obvious from its name, and definition. "Mutual legal assistance is the formal way in which countries request and provide assistance in obtaining evidence located in one country to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings in another country."

Can you please provide the Swedish law that states that a witness in a crime can be interviewed in England? That is specifically for crimes such as sexual assault and rape.
06:55 July 30, 2012 by philster61
Tint Red Ant

There is no law that prohibits anybody from questioning him in UK. Sweden and UK are EU countries. Whats stopping them from going there to question him?
22:33 July 31, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant

There are two legal agreements between countries, an extradition treaty and mutual legal assistance. The latter is designed to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies to investigate crimes including tax evasion. The former is designed for people who have fled a country to avoid prosecution or sentencing.

No matter how Assange wants to spin his situation, he fled Sweden after interview requests were made. On, those ground a EAW was issued by Assange.

I am yet to see any law enforcement agency to capitulate to the demands of a person accused of committing a crime. That is the situation Assange find himself in, being accessed of a crime.

Unfortunately, there are certain rights that a suspect loses, and that is all due to previous suspects.

There is a distinction between the rights of suspect and a witness. The later is sought for prosecution, while the latter is wanted for their co-operation. The witness might be requested to return to the country to assist in trail for either the prosecution or defense. However, It is know that it is also possible for witness in another court room using video technology to give a testimony. For witnesses it is a moral obligation, not a legal one.

Assange is a suspect in a crime. He is not a witness, nor this about attempting to get an exclusive interview for a newspaper.

Assange's lack of co-operation has put him is the situation he is in. This could have all ended in 2010, but Assange has decided to prolong it.
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