A United Nation panel has pronounced that Julian Assange should be allowed to walk free from his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy because be has “arbitrarily detained”. A Foreign Office spokesman responded that “Julian Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the UK”.
In fact all subjects of European Arrest Warrants are arbitarily detained by the very nature of the EAW!
An EAW requires no prima facie evidence against the accused person to be produced and the English court considering the request for ‘judicial surrender’ (extradition) has not power for authority to deny it.
This amounts to arbitrary arrest and imprisonment on behalf of a foreign country, and is unlawful under those parts of Magna Carta which are still in force.
I have spoken out on behalf of Mr Assange since 2010 – not because I take a view on his guilt or innocence but because I am opposed to the EAW on principle and because I want to defent the rights of British citizens from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment.
The UN is right but for the wrong reasons.