Ecuador cannot guarantee that the United Kingdom will not extradite the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to a third country, asylum in his embassy in London since 2012, said on Wednesday, December 12, the State’s Attorney General, Íñigo Salvador.
After a hearing on the appeal filed by Assange in response to the Ecuadorian Justice’s refusal to issue a protective action in his favor, Salvador recalled that his country has obtained “written assurances from the British authorities” that he will not be extradited to a country where there is a death penalty or that, existing, they can apply it. “Beyond that,obviously, the Ecuadorian State cannot do,” the defense attorney added before emphasizing that Ecuador cannot “assure Mr. Assange that the United Kingdom will not give a third country to request his extradition.”
“The only thing” that London has committed is not to deliver him to a country where his life is in danger, “because there is a death penalty,” he insisted at the end of the hearing held at the Provincial Court of Pichincha, of which Quito is your capital.
Ecuador refused at the end of October the protection action presented by the Australian, after the authorities of this country imposed a norm of coexistence in his embassy. He clarified that it is in the hands of Assange to abide by the rules and remain in the diplomatic legation “for another six or many more years, or surrender to the British authorities to be tried and serve his sentence for the violation of the terms of probation”.
The asylee has undergone a medical examination planned in the protocol with doctors”of his confidence”, but the results are unknown because it is a confidential matter, explained the acting Foreign Minister, Andrés Terán.
In case that his health was in danger, Ecuador would be aware, the new Ecuadorian ambassador in London, Jaime Marchán, told Efe recently. Salvador commented that in the appearance of this Wednesday via telematics, he saw that the Australian,who wears a bushy beard, “is coherent, lucid” and “he is notparticularly affected in his health”.
For his part, Assange said that Ecuadorian authorities have issued a series of “lies” to ensure that has not suffered restrictions on visits to the embassy, spoke of an alleged “isolation” and the installation of new cameras supposedly to monitor him.
In addition, he described as “threats” Ecuador’s accusations that thebreach of the protocol will result in the end of asylum, while that countrydefends that the established norms do not violate the human rights of Assange.
The verdict of the hearing on Wednesday will possibly be known in eight working days, according to Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer in Ecuador, who said that if they suffer a setback they will go to international bodies. As he has already done on other occasions, the lawyer insisted on the audience in which the document of the United Kingdom on the guarantees for Assange is displayed because the “State cannot be indifferent nor indolent”.
Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy for six years, when he was required by the Swedish authorities due to the accusations of two women for allegedrape, which he denied, a case already filed. Even so, he remains under asylumfor fear that, if he leaves, he will be deported to the United States, where he presumes he could be tried for the publication of confidential military anddiplomatic documents. (I)