British MPs urge government to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden

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Assange was arrested on Thursday by British police after spending seven years holed inside the embassy. In 2012, Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, which had issued a warrant for his arrest on sexual harassment and rape charges.

More than 70 Parliamentarians have signed a letter urging the Government to ensure Julian Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition.

The official, who asked for anonymity when discussing the case, said us authorities had already sent Britain a provisional arrest warrant regarding Assange's extradition to the United States.

The country's ambassador to the UK, Jaime Marchan, said that in the time Assange had remained in the embassy he had been disrespectful, "continually a problem" and interfered in elections, politics and the internal affairs of other countries.

The letter, from mainly Labour MPS and Peers, appears to mark a growing division within the party over its attitude to Assange, coming after Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott criticised any moves to extradite him to the US.

His separate extradition case on charges of computer hacking is set to be next heard by video-link at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 2.

The alleged victim's lawyer said she would do "everything we possibly can" to get the investigation reopened.

"It does not prevent the suspect from being extradited to the United States".

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WikiLeaks "confirmed" that Assange's cat is safe and sound after being "rescued" from the Ecuadorian embassy in mid-October 2018 upon request from the whistleblower. WikiLeaks has denied those allegations, arguing that Moreno was attempting to deflect attention from corruption allegations against him.

They will now re-examine the rape case to decide whether to resume it before the statute of limitations runs out in August 2020.

Extradition lawyer Ben Keith said the court will not assess the evidence against Assange to determine his guilt or innocence but will scrutinize whether the offence he is accused of in the US would be a crime in Britain.

"You read the testimony and concerns of the women who have been involved, I have no view on the matter because it must come before a court, but it seems essential to me that he should face justice for what he has been accused of", Burt said.

Assange's attorneys fear that in case of his handover to the USA, he may face up to 35 years in jail or capital punishment.

The charge carries a prison term of up to five years.

The MPs' letter says both United Kingdom and USA authorities seem to have been aware in advance of Ecuador's decision to rescind Mr Assange's political asylum.

Previous comparable cases, involving accused hackers Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon, took between five and 10 years but eventually resulted in their extraditions to the U.S. being blocked.

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