Britain is not entering Ecuador`s embassy in order to arrest Julian Assange – Wikileaks founder, accused of severe sexual offences.
Rafael Correa told reporters “we consider this unfortunate incident over”, following assurances by the UK.
Assange, was just to be extradited to Sweden when he has been given an asylum by Ecuador. This turned out into a diplomatic row and the UK authorities intended to enter the Ecuador embassy and arrest Mr. Assange. It has been accepted as a threat by the embassy , however the UK says that no threats have ever been made. From the foreign office they even said they sent an official letter to the Ecuadorean embassy “aimed at calming things down”and allowing talks to resume”. Ecuador’s government also said it had received “a communication from the British Foreign Office which said that there was no threat to enter the embassy”.
Ecuador had accused Britain of threatening to enter its London embassy and seize Mr Assange after UK officials said a 1987 law gave police the power to enter diplomatic premises. Assange has been inside the embassy since June 2012.
Although the UK has “given up the threads” to enter the embassy, the FCO says that they have a legal obligation to extradite him to Sweden, so they have every right to arrest him in case he leaves the embassy.
The FCO says the UK has a legal obligation to extradite him to Sweden, and he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy, but no one will forcibly enter inside. In the letter sent by the FCO, it has been underlined that “at no time has the UK government made any threat against the embassy of Ecuador.”Respect for, and compliance with, international law is at the heart of the conduct of the foreign policy of the United Kingdom.”
Back in 2010, Mr. Assange has been accused of committing sexual offences against two female ex-Wikileaks volunteers. in his defense, he said that sex was consensual, but the accusations are based on political matters, because the confidential information and documents, which have been publish by the infamous website – Wikileaks.
Assange sought asylum, because he fears onward extradition to the US if extradited to Sweden, because the US is currently carrying out an investigation into Wikileaks. He submitted an appeal against the extradition to the UK Supreme Court, which has been dismissed in May 2012. However he has been given a two-week grace period before extradition. during this time, he receive the asylum and entered the Ecuador`s embassy.