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Ecuador Sue UK Over Denying Assange Safe Passage

Quito, October 9 (RHC)-– Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced his government's plan to take legal action in an international tribunal against Britain for denying Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, safe passage to Ecuador.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino declared on Tuesday that Ecuador is considering suing London in the International Criminal Court at The Hague for its refusal to allow Assange safely travel to Ecuador, Russia Today reported.
The Ecuadorian top diplomat said that after more than a year of dead-end negotiations with London, Ecuador is considering using other diplomatic bodies to settle the issue.

Assange was forced to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after he was granted political asylum by the South American nation in June 2012.

Patino also expressed his growing concerns about Assange’s health, since he is reportedly confined to a small room in the embassy and unable to leave the premises due to heavy police presence outside the building, waiting to seize him.

Assange is the principal founder of Wikileaks whistleblower website and requested asylum in Ecuador Embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he is accused of committing sexual crimes.

Assange, however, insists that the Swedish extradition demand is a legal smoke screen to deliver him to authorities in the US, where he is expected to face the death penalty for revealing top-secret U.S. diplomatic and military data.
Edited by Juan Leandro
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