Julian Assange should face justice in Sweden: U.K. lawmakers

Julian Assange should face justice in Sweden: U.K. lawmakers

Julian Assange should face justice in Sweden: U.K. lawmakers

Julian Assange may yet face rape charges in Sweden as the battle for extradition of the WikiLeaks founder heats up.

Women's groups have added to pressure on Sajid Javid to ensure Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden.

On Thursday, British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for nearly seven years.

But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, USA authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into US custody.

Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange was beyond their reach while at the embassy.

But Swedish prosecutors say they are now re-examining the 47-year-old's case at the request of the lawyer acting for the alleged rape victim.

Diane Abbott, Labour's spokeswoman for domestic affairs, said the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds.

Another member of Assange's legal team, the Spanish lawyer Baltasar Garzón, said he fears Assange may be tortured if extradited to the United States.

Corbyn warned on Friday that Assange should not be extradited "for exposing evidence of atrocities [by the U.S. military] in Iraq and Afghanistan".

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She said they had not received any prior notice of it and called on Swedish authorities to reopen the case.

The Department of Justice charged Assange with taking part in a computer hacking conspiracy, accusing him of scheming with Chelsea Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, to break a password for a classified government computer.

However, relations with his Ecuadoran hosts gradually soured and pro-US President Lenin Moreno on Thursday pulled his asylum, cancelled his citizenship and permitted British police to remove Assange.

Assange's lawyers meanwhile confirmed that USA prosecutors have 65 days to submit a full set of charges, raising the prospect of additional criminal allegations being introduced that would result in a far longer sentence.

It follows confirmation from the Crown Prosecution Service that in the event of competing extradition requests for the same person, it falls to the home secretary to decide which one goes first.

But Keith said once they have filed their formal request within the next 65 days, American officials would be limited to those charges.

A coalition of campaigners representing survivors of sexual violence urged the home secretary to focus on the unresolved rape allegations emanating from Sweden against Assange.

After his dramatic arrest, he was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail.

Julian Assange's unceremonious removal from the Ecuadorian embassy in London makes headlines on Friday, along with Brexit and the Duchess of Sussex.

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