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Ecuador President says, 'sovereign right' to terminate Assange asylum

AFP
Published : Apr 11, 2019, 5:05 pm IST
Updated : Apr 11, 2019, 6:15 pm IST

Ecuador acted within its sovereign rights when it decided to withdraw diplomatic asylum from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange was arrested at the Ecuador embassy in London after Quito withdrew his asylum. (Photo:AP)
 Assange was arrested at the Ecuador embassy in London after Quito withdrew his asylum. (Photo:AP)

Quito: Ecuador acted within its sovereign rights when it decided to withdraw diplomatic asylum from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, President Lenin Moreno said Thursday.

Assange will not be extradited to a country with death penalty, Ecuador president said.

Assange was arrested at the Ecuador embassy in London after Quito withdrew his asylum, and police entered the embassy.

Moreno said: "Ecuador has decided with sovereign rights to withdraw the diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange for repeatedly violating international conventions and the protocol of co-habitation".

Tags: julian assange, ecuador embassy, president lenin moreno
Location: Ecuador, Pichincha, Quito