Ecuadorean Judge Orders Swedish Citizen Close to Assange Jailed Pending Trial


"Computer screens show "#We all are Assange" as Ecuador's Foreign Minister Jose Valencia (not pictured) addresses lawmakers at the National Assembly, after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, in Quito, Ecuador, April 11, 2019.

But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, US authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into USA custody.

Julian Assange's mother has taken to Twitter to call on authorities to be gentle with her son, who's jailed in London after his removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Meanwhile a group of over 70 British MPs has urged the UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to give priority to Sweden over the USA, if the Swedish authorities request his extradition.

The Parliamentarians have written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid asking him to make sure the Wikileaks founder faces justice in Sweden, before he is extradited to the United States to face conspiracy charges for the leak of government secrets.

He spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012 when he failed in his legal battle against extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted over two separate allegations - one of rape and one of molestation.

But Labour leader Mr Corbyn said Assange should not be extradited to the USA to face a charge of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

In May 2017, Sweden's top prosecutor dropped the long-running inquiry into a rape claim against Mr Assange, which he has always denied. But that support has grown cold over the past few days as Assange was arrested in Great Britain after the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he was staying, expelled him.

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He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. The allegation of rape has a limitation period which expires in August 2020 under Swedish law. One of them is just the effort of governments-and it's not just the US government.

But she said Assange should face the criminal justice system if the Swedish government charged him.

But his arrest prompted the lawyer for a Swedish woman who alleged she was raped by Assange during a visit to Stockholm in 2010 to say they wanted the case reopened.

Should the extradition of Mr Assange go through, it would set a bad precedent, eroding the progress made by press freedom campaigners to democratise access to information and its attendant redistribution of power to the people.

He could receive up to a year in prison when sentenced at an as yet undetermined later date.

"But, I do think he should answer those questions".

The 47-year-old asylum seeker was reportedly abusive toward the embassy staff, ate with his fingers, infrequently bathed or did laundry - and even smeared feces on the walls.

Previous comparable cases, involving accused hackers Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon, took between five and 10 years but eventually resulted in their extraditions to the United States being blocked.