Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will request a review of the arrest warrant

The defense of the founder of Wikileaks, the Australian hacker Julian Assange, will propose a Ebates Review trial to the order to surrender to justice issued by Sweden so that he can leave the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he has been isolated for four years.

The exjuez and defense lawyer of Assange, Baltasar Garzón, was yesterday in Quito and announced that they will benefit from this procedure, after the United Kingdom approved, in 2015, a new regulation related to the Law on the Order of Detention and Delivery , also known as Euro-Orden, whose objective is to replace extradition to avoid paperwork.

The recent article, according to Garzón, establishes that the Euro-Order will be applied, provided there is no formulation of charges against the defendant.

“That is the case with Assange. Sweden has not brought charges against him; what it opened was a previous investigation in which they shuffle criminal types and ask for the arrest to go and answer for them, but there is no charge, so the United Kingdom says in these cases, we are not going to stop this person “He explained.

The problem is that this new regulation included a transitory one that indicates that the mechanism will not be retroactive, and Assange has been isolated since 2012. “What we are going to do is propose a trial to review the delivery order because this has appeared. norm that favors him. And despite what he says (the transitory one), we are going to question, “Garzón added.

Last Sunday Assange spent four years in the Ecuadorian Embassy, ​​so the International Center for Advanced Communication Studies of Latin America (CIESPAL) this week held the meeting ‘Julian Assange, 4 years of denied freedom’, which came Waiter.

In his speech he told, laughing, that on the flight from Madrid (Spain) to Quito, he met with the presidential candidate of CREO, Guillermo Lasso, who would have committed to maintaining the asylum.

In his informative platforms of the social networks, Lasso related that he had with the Spanish a “casual encounter, and a fluid and pleasant conversation”, and although they are on “opposite shores; There is something in common: we both believe in democracy and the rule of law. I told him about the Assange case, that I would not have put Ecuador into such an international problem, but once we are there, the solution must be framed in international law and respect for human rights. “


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