Ecuador granted Assange citizenship and demanded that he be granted diplomatic status. This will help Assange leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been for many years.
However, Britain rejected Ecuador’s request, and since May last year, Assange has been detained at Belmarsh High Security Outside London, facing legal consequences for violating British bail rules.
Assange had demanded that he be released on bail pending trial, but not in January this year. In January, the same court ruled that Assange would not be extradited to the United States because he was in poor health.
Now a court in Ecuador has decided to revoke citizenship, according to Julian Assange’s Ecuadorian lawyer Carlos Boweta, according to the ABC.
Criticism from the lawyer
To News agency A.P. Poveda says the process did not follow the rules and Assange was not allowed to speak.
However, this is rejected by the country’s foreign ministry, which says it “acted independently and followed legal procedures”.
Carlos Boveda has announced that he seeks clarification of this decision.
Expert: Another setback for Assange
Paul Wrench, an international law professor at the University of Stockholm, says the court ruling in Ecuador is unlikely to have any significance for Assange’s future.
– This marks another setback for Assange, but it will not have major consequences. Paul Range says he is in the UK and could be handed over to the US, which is a matter between the US and the UK.
If Assange had gone to Ecuador and settled there and given up his Australian citizenship, it would have been a completely different matter, then he would have had strong ties with Ecuador and the country would have made diplomatic progress. But now that Ecuador has a new government, Paul Range says it is unlikely that the government will choose to act in that case.
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