Friday, May 19, 2017 4:36 pm
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he will not “forgive or forget” the fact that he was “detained for seven years without charge,” after Swedish prosecutors said they had dropped a rape charge against him.
“Detained for seven years without charge … while my children grew up and my name was slandered,” Assange, who took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012, wrote on Twitter
“I do not forgive or forget,” he said.
A UN human rights panel ruled in 2016 that Assange had been arbitrarily detained since 2010, but the British and Swedish governments rejected the report and insisted that Assange entered and remained in the embassy voluntarily.
NAN reports that British police threatened to arrest Assange if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London after Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against him.
Assange, 45, has been holed up in the embassy since 2012 after skipping bail to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of rape, which he denies.
“Westminster Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on June 29, 2012,” London police said in a statement.
“The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.” (dpa/NAN)