Wikileaks founder Julain Assange can be a free man this Friday — His fate depends on the decision from United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).
Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder could be a free man on Friday, February 5th if the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) find Assange’s detention is unlawful.
The breaking news was announced by Wikileaks official Twitter account that ”UN could rule to release @WikiLeaks founder Julian #Assange on Friday.”
Assange has been forced to stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, UK for last 3 years having received political asylum from Ecuador in August 2012 after receiving threats from US secret investigation against him and several calls for assassination from many American politicians.
In 2010, Interpol placed Assange on its most-wanted list after Sweden issued an arrest warrant against him as part of a drawn-out rape investigation. Wikileaks founder is also wanted in the United States where he can face international cyber espionage charges for leaking top diplomat, government and US Military documents on Wikileaks website.
In 2014, Assange filed a complaint (PDF) against the United Kingdom and Sweden which was investigated by UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The applicant, Mr. Julian Assange, hereby submits an urgent request for relief to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) and for an opinion regarding the arbitrary nature of the detention of Mr. Assange, according to the complaint.
The decision on the case will be published on Friday, and if the group concludes that Assange is being illegally detained, the UN is expected to call on the UK and Sweden to release him.
The group will announce its decision on Friday and if Assange’s detention is proven illegal, one can expect that United Nations will set him free and ask both countries not to create problems for the Wikileaks founder.