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Extradition drama

Assange's mother meets Ecuadorian president

Published torsdag 2 augusti 2012 kl 09.01
Christina Assange at the presidential palace in Quito, Photo: Rodrigo Buendia/Scanpix

The mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange met with the president of Ecuador in Quito Wednesday to discuss the fate of her son. The younger Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is accused of sexual assault and rape.

Assange says he is afraid Sweden would send him to the United States, where he might face punishment for Wikileaks' disclosure of American diplomatic cables. Swedish legal experts have repeatedly pointed out such an outcome would be highly unlikely.

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa reportedly told Christina Assange that while he respects Britain, Sweden, and the United States, ultimately “Ecuador does not negotiate over its sovereignty.”

A minister in his government says they are disappointed that the Swedish prosecutors have turned down an offer to question Assange inside the embassy.

According to legal experts, this is not possible under Swedish law.

The British police have said that even if Assange is granted asylum in Ecuador, there’s no way for him to get there, since he would be taken into custody as soon as he tried to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.

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