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Assange will not be extradited to country with death penalty: Ecuador president

AFP  |  Quito 

founder Julian Assange, arrested in on Thursday after withdrew his political asylum, will not be extradited to any country where he could face "torture or the death penalty," Ecuador's said.

"I asked Great Britain for the guarantee that Mr Assange will not be extradited to any country in which he could suffer torture or the death penalty," said in a video message posted on

"The has confirmed in writing" that they will meet this requirement, Moreno said.

Moreno earlier tweeted that was within its "sovereign rights" to withdraw Assange's "for repeatedly violating international conventions and the protocol of co-habitation."

Assange has been living at in since 2012 when he sought refuge there after being accused of sexual assault in

He was arrested by who entered the embassy on Thursday after withdrew his

Rafael Correa, Moreno's predecessor who was instrumental in granting Assange asylum, slammed the reversal of policy as "a crime." "Moreno is a corrupt man, but what he has done is a crime that humanity will never forget," tweeted Correa, who now lives in

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 17:20 IST