Assange “arbitrarily detained” – UN

What now for Julian Assange?

The UN group concluded that Mr Assange had been arbitrarily detained in contravention of his human rights, and should be allowed his freedom and compensated for his five-year ordeal.

However Mr Assange’s lawyers confirmed that he would not leave the embassy until a European arrest warrant against him is cancelled by Swedish authorities.

Julian Assange requests Australian passport, consular assistance after UN ruling

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  1. Missy

     /  6th February 2016

    I don’t see how he can be arbitrarily detained when he entered the Embassy of his own free will. The UK position is that he is avoiding a lawful arrest warrant, and therefore they have no intention of not arresting him if he leaves the Embassy. This man is wanted for questioning on suspicion of rape, instead of facing up to this he is cowardly hiding out in a foreign Embassy to avoid being arrested and extradited to Sweden under a lawful warrant. He seems to think he is above the law.

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  2. kiwi guy

     /  6th February 2016

    I’m on his side on this one, but the UN ruling means nothing to UK or those tanned blue eyed blonds, the Yanks want him.

    Ironic that Sweden covers up mass sexual assault by rapefugees while relentlessly pursuing a fake accusation against a white guy who has pissed off the Yanks.

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    • Blazer

       /  6th February 2016

      lucky hes not black…eh KG!

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    • Missy

       /  6th February 2016

      For some reason, that you support an accused rapist trying to avoid facing questioning on the charges of rape, does not surprise me. Many of your comments show little respect or regard for women, and from what I have read of the allegations against Assange he shows the same level of respect and regard for women.

      The ruling is from a UN panel and is in no way legally binding, there remains an EU arrest warrant for Assange, and he is still liable to be arrested if he leaves – I hope he is.

      The irony in this is that a lot of people that will hold this up as a UN ruling that should be respected are those that have no respect for UN rulings / resolutions they don’t agree with, and label actions under those as illegal.

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      • Blazer

         /  6th February 2016

        why do you hope he is?Is the U.N completely impotent?

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        • Missy

           /  6th February 2016

          I hope he is arrested when he leaves the Embassy – he has been accused of rape, he should be questioned on those allegations.

          You are asking the wrong question about the UN, but to answer your question, yes I think the UN is impotent, and in this case I think the panel is wrong. This decision makes a mockery of the thousands of cases where people are illegally and arbitrarily detained. Assange CHOSE to go into the Ecuadorian Embassy, he has not been illegally detained by the UK authorities, who were acting on a lawful EU arrest warrant.

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          • Rob

             /  6th February 2016

            Cry more Missy. He did us all a big favour. If you can’t or won’t see that, well…

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            • Missy

               /  6th February 2016

              So what he did gives him a free pass on being questioned on rape?

              also, for the record I don’t think he did anyone a big favour, releasing unredacted classified information naming those helping the allies in Afghanistan was stupid and irresponsible.

          • Blazer

             /  6th February 2016

            he is happy to be questioned on those allegations.The delay all comes from the Swedish prosecutor who had the gall to say one of the ‘victims’…wouldn’t know she had been raped…because,she wasn’t a …lawyer!!

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            • Missy

               /  6th February 2016

              Ummm… if he was happy to be questioned on the allegations he would have gone to Sweden in the first place to be questioned and not hid out in the Embassy of a country with poor human rights records.

            • Rob

               /  6th February 2016

              And may well have faced extradition to the US. Not a good idea.

            • Missy

               /  6th February 2016

              OMG! Seriously? This is a BS red herring Assange has been throwing about to divert attention from the rape charges.

              I have listened to and read a bit over the years from Swedish lawyers, and the general view is under Swedish law and the extradition agreement terms with the US he would not be extradited to the US. In fact most legal opinions I have heard on the matter indicate the US would be able to extradite him easier from the UK, so if they truly wanted him that badly why have they not filed charges? why didn’t they petition the UK for extradition?

              Honestly you sound like a sheep who will believe anything anti-US without thinking about it logically.

              The simple fact is, he is avoiding questioning under Swedish law on a rape charge. And apologists for this cowardly alleged rapist make me angry, that anyone thinks it is okay for him to avoid questioning under Swedish law on this type of crime is disgusting.

            • Rob

               /  6th February 2016

              They’ve dropped it, why won’t you. The US has a habit that if they don’t get what they want they will put the pressure on. They can simply lay an extraditable charge against him and see what happens. You are obviously someone who believes everything you are told. A good little sheep.

            • Missy

               /  6th February 2016

              Rob, the Swedes have only dropped two of the allegations due to the time running out, he is still wanted for questioning on one charge of rape.

              The Swedes don’t give in that easily to foreign governments trying to circumvent their extradition laws, and a Swedish law expert on the radio here has stated that an extraditable charge is likely to be rejected on the basis it is covering up a political charge.

              I know a bit about this whole thing to do with Assange, and have been following it for a number of years, I have read widely on it – including opinion from Swedish legal experts, no I don’t believe everything I am told, I am capable of making up my own mind, and it is insulting for you to say that because I don’t believe what you do. As for calling me a good little sheep, I could say the same of you, blindly believing everything that Assange says like it is the gods honest truth, when he is a person who has time and again been described by people who know him as narcissistic, egotistical and believes he is the most intelligent and important person in the room (my source for that information is interviews and documentaries I have listened to, primarily on BBC) – I guess you have been sucked into the cult of Assange, one could almost say you were a good little sheep – but I won’t stoop to that, as I think you are entitled to a differing opinion, even if you are being an apologist for an alleged rapist – and until he is completely cleared on more than a technicality of time running out for charges to be laid he remains an alleged rapist.

  3. Blazer

     /  6th February 2016

    you have just been told ,he is not avoiding answering questions the Swedish prosecutors may want to put to him!Marrianne Ny is a recalcitrant feminist who has tried the patience of everyone.

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    • Rob

       /  6th February 2016

      Missy believes america is exceptional, the white knight protecting everyone with absolutely no thought for themselves. They can do no wrong.

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      • Missy

         /  6th February 2016

        Rob, you do not know what I believe, don’t speak for me, it is patronising and insulting, but no matter what I believe I am grateful I am not an apologist for an alleged rapist, or someone who appears to think it is okay to hide from facing questioning on allegations of sexual assault.

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  4. Nelly Smickers

     /  6th February 2016

    Is it true Julian Assange has a ‘pointy penis’? 🙂

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  5. Zedd

     /  6th February 2016

    I hear on the news; that the UK foreign minister said Mr. Assange will be arrested, if he steps out of the Embassy where is taking refuge..(regardless of the decision by the UN committee) BUT I also hear that no formal arrest warrant has been issued by the Swedish ‘authorities’ for the alleged rapes
    so… WTF is the reality here ?? sounds a bit dodgy ! :/

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    • Missy

       /  6th February 2016

      Yesterday morning on BBC Radio 4 they stated that there is an EU arrest warrant out for his arrest.

      It is a little more complicated than most people here want to make it, arrogantly assuming the Swedish law works the same as ours – or the UK’s, is the biggest issue I have with many who cite holes in the legal process and think it ‘sounds a bit dodgy’.

      The Swedish authorities ordered his detention for questioning on the allegations, which the court upheld, and since under Swedish law (according to Swedish law experts I have heard interviewed over the years) the questioning is to be conducted in Sweden, so a European arrest warrant was issued so they could execute the order, the UK held the extradition hearing, Assange lost. The process was conducted lawfully under Swedish/UK and European law. There is nothing dodgy at all – just because the law in Sweden works differently to how you think it should doesn’t make it dodgy.

      Assange is the one who is acting dodgy hiding out to avoid being questioned on rape allegations, he left Sweden the day he found out about the allegations.

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    • Missy

       /  6th February 2016

      Oh, and Zedd, you ask what the reality is, it is simple, Assange is an accused rapist who ran away and is hiding from the authorities who wish to question him under their laws – i.e.: in their country as they are required to do.

      It is interesting how some of those in NZ who support Assange running away from being questioned on rape are the same one’s who were out for the blood of the Malaysian diplomat who was eventually questioned, charged and convicted of sexual assault charges in NZ. It appears that for some on NZ’s left (and a couple on this blog) rape and sexual assault is okay if it is done by a middle class white Australian man on middle class white Swedish girls.

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      • Oliver

         /  6th February 2016

        Missy.. Assange pissed off the US empire by publishing top secret documents. US empire retaliates by smearing Assange with manufactured rape accusations. Everyone else sees what going on, why can’t you?

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      • Blazer

         /  6th February 2016

        except the girls are not pushing charges…how would they know they’ve been raped…they are not lawyers!!

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