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Belgium: UK has to change position on Assange's case - lawyer for Assange01:28

Belgium: UK has to change position on Assange's case - lawyer for Assange

Belgium, Brussels
May 19, 2017 at 21:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

One of the lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Christophe Marchand, said that Assange's legal team wants "the UK to make strong statements about the fact that they are going to respect the human rights for Julian Assange", speaking from Brussels on Friday, in an interview with RT.

Marchand stated that in 2016 the UN has issued a decision requesting both the UK and Sweden to protect Assange's human rights. He continued: "Now the British government has refused and denied to respect this international decision. So we want the UK to make strong statements about the fact that they are going to respect the human rights for Julian Assange. Julian Assange is a human being like any other. He also deserves to be protected."

He then added that Assange's attorneys are "really waiting for the UK to change its position."

Swedish prosecutors announced their decision to drop the investigation over his rape allegations earlier in the day and revoked its arrest warrant.

However, Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said the investigation could be resumed "if Julian Assange were to return to Sweden before the statute of limitation on this case expires in August 2020."

Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge in the building in order to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Belgium: UK has to change position on Assange's case - lawyer for Assange01:28
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One of the lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Christophe Marchand, said that Assange's legal team wants "the UK to make strong statements about the fact that they are going to respect the human rights for Julian Assange", speaking from Brussels on Friday, in an interview with RT.

Marchand stated that in 2016 the UN has issued a decision requesting both the UK and Sweden to protect Assange's human rights. He continued: "Now the British government has refused and denied to respect this international decision. So we want the UK to make strong statements about the fact that they are going to respect the human rights for Julian Assange. Julian Assange is a human being like any other. He also deserves to be protected."

He then added that Assange's attorneys are "really waiting for the UK to change its position."

Swedish prosecutors announced their decision to drop the investigation over his rape allegations earlier in the day and revoked its arrest warrant.

However, Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said the investigation could be resumed "if Julian Assange were to return to Sweden before the statute of limitation on this case expires in August 2020."

Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge in the building in order to avoid extradition to Sweden.