LONDON: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, BBC reported on Thursday.
According to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Assange was been taken into custody at a central London police station “where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible.” The MPS said that the force was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.
Britain has guaranteed to Ecuador that Assange will not be extradited to a country that has the death penalty, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday after Assange was arrested in London.
“In line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law, I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty,” Moreno said in a video posted on Twitter. “The British government has confirmed it in writing, in accordance with its own rules.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow hopes that Assange’s rights will not be violated.