Hours after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange issued a statement that he will accept the verdict of UN panel investigating his cases and if found guilty will leave the Ecuador embassy, the panel on Thursday has reportedly ruled in his favour considering his detention as “unlawful”.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 4, 2016
Assange has been living in a political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy for more than 4 years. Swedish authorities sought his extradition in the matter of rape case against him, which has been refuted by the Australian.
“Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal,” Assange said in the statement posted on the Wikileaks Twitter account.
Assange fears Swedish authorities will extradite him to the United States, where he is accused for leaking confidential military and diplomatic documents, one of the largest information leaks in US history.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is currently considering a request for relief by Assange, who argued in a submission that his time in the embassy constituted arbitrary detention.
Assange argued that he had been deprived of his fundamental liberties, including lack of access to sunlight or fresh air, adequate medical facilities, as well as legal and procedural insecurity.