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UN panel: WikiLeaks' Assange a victim of arbitrary detention

AP  |  Geneva 

A UN panel is sticking by its opinion that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention, rejecting a request by to review the case.

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that had not presented enough new information to merit a new examination.


The panel made the decision at a meeting last week, the UN human rights office said today.

In February, the panel found that and had "arbitrarily detained" Assange, saying he should be freed and entitled to compensation.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in since 2012 to avoid arrest and extradition to Swedish prosecutors want to question him over allegations of rape.

Assange fears he could be sent to the United States over secret-spilling by WikiLeaks.

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First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 00:32 IST
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