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Eucador police detains accomplice of Julian Assange

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Hours after the arrest of founder Julian Assange, here on Thursday detained his accomplice.

"A person who is close to him lives here, we have convincing evidence that he maintained contacts with former He was detained this afternoon," TASS news quoted Ecuadorian as saying.

The person has been identified as Ola Bini, a Swedish national. Reportedly, he works as a with

Assange was arrested earlier in the day on Thursday, in in connection with the INA paper leaks.

Following his arrest, former said that his country must grant political asylum to Assange at a time when 'his freedom is threatened'.

Assange has been arrested for failing to surrender to the court over a warrant issued by in 2012, reported, while quoting the Police.

The INA papers are the cache of documents published in February 2019, allegedly uncovering the operations of INA Investment Corp., an offshore tax haven created by the brother of Ecuadorian

had announced that Ecuador's is being investigated for corruption charges after the leaks of the papers.

Assange had repeatedly suggested that he might be apprehended outside the embassy and extradited to the

Over the past months, the Ecuadorian authorities were reportedly putting various restrictions on the conditions of Assange's stay in the embassy, which the whistleblower's defence termed as violation of human rights.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 13:50 IST