Assange lawyer says Sweden should recognize UN opinion

A former Spanish judge who is defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday urged Sweden to recognize a UN working group opinion that his confinement amounts to arbitrary detention. “We are trying to ensure that the Swedish justice system recognizes the resolution and its binding nature,” Baltasar Garzon, who leads Assange’s legal team, told reporters in Quito. Assange, 44, recently marked the start of his fifth year inside Ecuador’s UK mission in a bid to avoid extradition. The anti-secrecy campaigner is wanted for questioning over a 2010 rape allegation in Sweden. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a legal opinion in February saying Assange’s confinement in the Ecuadoran embassy amounted to arbitrary detention by Sweden and Britain. (AFP)

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