Julian Assange decision by UN panel ridiculous, says Hammond
5 February 2016
From the section UK
Media captionJulian Assange: ‘There are consequences to undermining the UN’
The foreign secretary has branded a UN panel’s ruling calling for Julian Assange to be allowed to go free “ridiculous”, as the Wikileaks founder demanded the decision be respected.
Mr Assange – who faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies – claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012.
The panel said he had been “arbitrarily detained” and should get compensation.
Philip Hammond rejected the decision, accusing Mr Assange of evading justice.
Mr Assange hailed it a “significant victory” and called the decision “binding”.
The UN panel ruled Mr Assange was being “arbitrarily detained” in the UK since he was initially arrested in 2010.
A ‘significant victory’
Reading a statement via a video link from the embassy, he said the opinion of the panel was “vindication”, adding: “The lawfulness of my detention is now a matter of settled law.”
Mr Assange said it was a “really significant victory that has brought a smile to my face”.
Source:: BBC UK