Update @ 6.00am April 12: WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been found guilty of breaching bail by a UK judge.
Assange plead not guilty to not surrendering to the court back in 2012, on the basis that if he had been tried in the UK it wouldn’t be a fair trial because the UK was trying to extradite the Australian to the US.
He was taken into custody on Thursday April 11, after British police were invited into the Ecuadorian embassy, following the government’s withdrawal of Assange’s asylum.
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Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.
Though following a change of government in Ecuador 18 months ago, the relationship between the Australian and the Embassy turned sour.
His citizenship to Ecuador has been revoked.
Following his arrest, Assange was promptly put before a UK judge, where he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions in 2012.
Assange originally faced sexual assault allegations in Sweden when he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy, though those allegations have since been dropped.
He now faces extradition to the United States, where he’s been accused of engaging in a 2010 conspiracy with Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst in the US Army, to gain access to a government computer.
He could serve up to five years in jail if he gets tried in a US court.
Assange currently faces a sentence of up to 12 months in the UK for breaching bail back in 2012, and has been remanded in custody to await sentencing at Southwark Crown Court.
Earlier @8.00pm April 11: WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange has been arrested after being expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since 2012.
London Police released a statement on Thursday night (AEST), confirming Assange had been taken into custody.
Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
The Metropolitan Police said they were “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum”.
Police said Assange was “arrested on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court.”
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“He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible,” the Metropolitan Police said.
“The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”