Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange flees to the Ecuadorian Embassy to claim political asylum, his claim looks like ‘flight from justice!'
Julian Assange is a controversial figure; the website Wikileaks has caused a sensation in leaking documents and evidence into the public domain that certain people would rather stay buried.
In a recent court appearance to fight extradition to Sweden, the UK Supreme Court dismissed his claim.
Assange is accused of sex crime and is wanted to face trial.
Last night in a dramatic turn he walked into the Ecuadorian Embassy to claim political asylum.
The Ecuadorian Government is considering his claim; however this act by Assange breaches his bail conditions since he is under curfew.
40-year old Assange is seeking asylum under the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.
The Met Police say now Assange is subject to arrest.
Their reasons as stated above is one of the bail conditions imposed on him by the High Court hasn’t be complied with in that he was stay at his bail address between 10pm and 8am.
A police spokeswoman said:
“At around 10.20pm on Tuesday June 19, the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) was notified that Assange had breached one of those bail conditions. He is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act for breach of these conditions. Officers are aware of his location at the Ecuador Embassy in Hans Crescent, London.”
Assange is accused of rape of one woman and sexual molesting of another, these are serious charges and he should face trial.
Julian Assange says the allegations against him are politically motivated; however he hasn’t produced any evidence to this claim and certainly not at any hearing to extradite him.
One thing is certain; the Americans would dearly love the opportunity to get hold of him.
And if they do, he will go to prison in the US for life without parole.
Last month the Supreme Court the last stop for his appeal hit the buffers as they upheld a High Court ruling that his extradition was legal.
I previously blogged that he didn’t have a case based on that point of law.
Last week the same court refused an attempt by him to reopen his appeal against extradition, saying it was “without merit”.
And the UK Supreme Court has a reputation for flawless judgments.
Assange further last chance scenario centred round the European judges in Strasbourg to consider his case and postpone extradition on the basis that he has not had a fair hearing from the UK courts.
That would be dismissed because all along the line, Julian Assange has been treated fairly, and there isn’t a human right to escape justice.
Something that the Ecuadorian Embassy will no doubt be mindful of in their consideration of his case!
I can’t see in this case political asylum being granted, they will consider his request as a ‘flight from justice’ which rather than help him actually prejudices his case in Sweden.
It was the wrong thing to do.
When he steps out of the Ecuadorian Embassy, he will be placed into custody and bailed refused by a British Court until he is deported.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University