London, Apr 11: Australian computer programmer and Wikileaks Co founder Julian Assange has been arrested by the London Metropolitan Police Service at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday.
The arrest was made due to Julian Assange’s repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. "Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court." Metropolitan police said in statement. He is likely to appear before a UK magistrates' court within 24 hours, Christine Assange, the mother of wiki leaks founder said citing his son's lawyer and further added that the United Kingdom was likely to seek a maximum prison term of 12 months for him in a higher court.
"I have just spoken to one of Julian's lawyers. Julian is likely to appear before a UK Magistrate within 24 hrs UK [is] likely to seek max prison term of 12 months in higher court. Our focus is as always to STOP a U.S. Extradition!" Christine Assange said. Mr Assange had taken refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped.
The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court. Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said it withdrew Mr Assange's asylum after his repeated violations to international conventions.
"In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols," Moreno wrote on Twitter. The metropolitan police also said he will be presented before Westminster Magistrates Court as soon as is possible.
The WikiLeaks which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources said that the goal of the arrest of its founder, Julian Assange, by the UK authorities was his subsequent extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for publishing classified data. The activist had repeatedly said that he fears extradition to the United States due to the fact that he has published thousands of leaked classified US authorities’ documents, exposing US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has also thanked President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno for his cooperation with the United Kingdom in ensuring that WikiLeaks whistleblowing site founder Julian Assange "faces justice." "Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years. Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice," Hunt said in a tweet.
The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates' Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum. "I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law." British home secretary Sajid Javid tweeted