By Heyami Alghatta
The UN has condemned the British police for ignoring international laws
The UN has ruled that Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained by British forces against international law.
Mr Assange, 44, claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012. He wants to avoid extradition to Sweden over trumped up charges Sweden are accused of using as a means to use loop holes in international law to extradite Assange to the USA to face espionage charges which could result in either life imprisonment or the death penalty.
The Met Police have said they have no intention of complying with international laws and that Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy.
Undercover armed forces have been on constant patrol in conjunction with armed Met Police outside the embassy since 2012 all at the British tax payer’s expense. Something which has triggered numerous protests across the UK.
Swedish prosecutors said the UN panel’s decision would have “no formal impact” on its ongoing extradition attempts.
Assange earlier said that if the UN ruled against him he would surrender to arrest, but if the UN sided with him, his passport should be returned and his arrest warrant dropped. The UN panel is due to deliver it’s formal and final findings on Friday, however it has already been announced that they are ruling in Assange’s favour.
The Australian was originally arrested in London in 2010 under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden.
In 2012, while on bail, he claimed asylum inside the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge after the UK Supreme Court had ruled the extradition against him would go ahead.
Swedish prosecutors dropped two sexual assault claims against Mr Assange last year. However, he still faces the more serious accusation of rape. Sexual offences are the only offences which require no proof to prosecute and have total travel restrictions, extradition pacts and potential life sentences internationally, as such it is common practice for corrupt police forces around the world to use such charges to discredit and ‘disappear’ their outspoken political opponents. According to research carried out between 2009 and 2015 the UK was ranked the worst in the world for using fraudulent sexual offence claims to silence political opposition.
Over the past decade there have been numerous rulings against the British police by the UN and Human Rights Courts stating that the British administration is breaking international laws, the response is always uniform; Britain does not care and will not obey by international law.
It is expected that Assange will live out his entire life in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after police stated they would used armed force against Ecuadorian diplomats to secure Assagne’s arrest if Ecuador attempted to transport him to Ecuador using diplomatic vehicles.