OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON JULIAN ASSANGE CASE
11 de Agosto de 2016 - 05h49
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According to the terms of the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between Ecuador and Sweden, the Attorney General’s Office in Ecuador notified the Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Sweden of its willingness to carry out the interrogation of Julian Assange at the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
According to the note sent by Ecuadorian Attorney, in the coming weeks the date of for the proceedings at the Embassy of Ecuador to the United Kingdom will be agreed, referring to the legal case opened in Sweden against Julian Assange.
For more than four years, the Government of Ecuador has offered cooperation to carry out the interrogation of Julian Assange at the premises of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, among other legal and political actions, in order to reach a satisfactory solution for all parties, end the unnecessary delays in the process and ensure effective judicial protection. Consistent with this position, Ecuador proposed to Sweden negotiating an Agreement on Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which was signed last December and provides the legal framework for the practice of judicial proceedings required.
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In addition, the Foreign Ministry of Ecuador considers that the procedures to be followed, under the Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement, do not affect the conclusions and recommendations issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the United Nations (Opinion No. 54/2015) which has ruled that Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained.
The Foreign Ministry of Ecuador reiterates its commitment to the asylum granted to Australian citizen Julian Assange in August 2012, and reaffirms that the protection afforded by the Ecuadorian State shall continue while the circumstances that led to the granting of the asylum persists, particularly the fear of political persecution