Ecuador has received written assurances from the British government that it would not surrender Julian Assange to any country where…
Ecuador has received written assurances from the British government that it would not surrender Julian Assange to any country where he would meet the death penalty, “said the country’s president, Lenín Moreno.
In a live radio interview on Thursday, Moreno said that WikiLeak’s founder now had sufficient guarantees to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain, where he has been in asylum since mid-201
Moreno told reporters that he was talking to Britain government so that it would “guarantee his life and guarantee that he would not be surrendered to any country where his life would be in danger”. He added that Britain would require Assange to complete a short imprisonment for breaking the castle.
The message comes as speculative constructions that the Australian activist’s six-year stay in London’s embassy could end. The appointment of a new ambassador, Jaime Marchán, in London’s embassy this week is a sign that the government wants to resolve the problem, according to analysts in Quito.
Press has risen on WikiLeaks founder since Ecuador cut its internet connection in March and the security guard reported that the country had spent millions on its longer stay.
“I do not like Julian Assange’s presence in Ecuador’s embassy,” Moreno said on Thursday without saying that the activist would be forced out. He added that the Australians had spent “too much time almost imprisoned” in the country’s embassy.
Opinion polls show that most Ecuadorians want Assange to leave the embassy and Moreno is under pressure at home and from the United States to end the unwanted house guest’s stay.
“Ecuadorians have a long tradition of respect for human rights,” Fabricio Villamar, a parliamentary member of the opposition Creo Party, told the guardian.
“But that tradition can not be interpreted as a weakness or as a loophole for people pursued by ordinary justice,” he added.
In October, Ecuador issued strict rules for new houses for Assange, who responded to an action against the embassy to “breach their fundamental rights and freedoms”.  The US authorities have never officially confirmed that they have accused Assange, but last month, a mistake in the US government. A document filed in an unquestionable case suggested that criminal charges may have been prepared in secret.
The court application, which apparently was mistakenly reported by US prosecutors, mentioned criminal charges against someone called “Assange”, even though it was not the name of the defendant.
Legal analysts said the error was likely to have been caused by prosecutors to copy and paste from sealed documents describing charges against WikiLeaks founder.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not deny a previous news report last month indicating home Office had given written assurances to the Ecuadorian government that British ministers would not allow Assange extradition to a country where he would face death penalty.
It is not clear if this assurance involves a commitment that the United Kingdom does not allow Assasses extradition to the United States at all or if it would allow extradition provided that he would not meet the death penalty.
It is understood that the United Kingdom has also assured Assange not to be expelled for more than six months in prison for related creditors.
Earlier this year, Foreign Minister Alan Duncan tried to assure Assange of his treatment if he chose to leave the embassy, telling MEPs: “We are increasingly concerned about his health.”
“It is our wish that this will come to an end and we would like to make sure that if he were to leave the embassy, he would be treated humanly and correctly. The first priority would be to take care of his health as we think is deteriorated. “