Following the U.K.'s vote in favor of 'Brexit,' whistleblowing website Wikileaks issued a tweet Friday suggesting the outcome may result in Julian Assange’s four-year-long self-imposed exile in a London embassy coming to an end, RT reported.
“#Brexit means the scrapping of the European Arrest Warrant used as the excuse to detain Assange without charge in the U.K. for 5.5 years,” Wikileaks said in a tweet Friday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being held in the Ecuadorean embassy in London under a European Arrest Warrant, or EAW, which is only valid in member states of the EU. Britain’s separation from the EU could therefore undermine the legal validity of the warrant, Wikileaks argue.
Assange has been held up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June 19, 2012, after he secured political asylum from Quito following allegations in Sweden he committed sexual assault and rape. Police have pledged to arrest him on a European warrant should he ever attempt to leave the embassy.
He was granted asylum due to his fears of being extradited from Sweden to a third party, namely the United States, and has previously stated that he could remain in the embassy even if all charges against him were dropped, without assurances that he would not be sent to the United States.
Assange’s legal representatives have argued that preventing him from being able to travel to Ecuador violates the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which allows for special travel arrangements for individuals who have been given asylum.
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