Julian Assange Jumped Bail By Staying Overnight At Ecuadorian Embassy
Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England on Tuesday, seeking asylum from his upcoming extradition to Sweden. Now the Metropolitan Police in London claim his overnight stay has directly violated his bail agreement.
Police say Assange will be immediately arrested if he leaves the premise.
Under his 2010 bail conditions Assange must remain at his bail address from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. each night.
Assange had followed the directions of his bail but on Tuesday night he entered the embassy and asked for political asylum under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
Julian Assange fears that should he be extradited to Sweden on sexual assault charges the country’s officials will extradite him to the United States to face criminal charges over the publication of classified U.S. diplomatic wires. If convicted in the United States of espionage Assange could potentially be given life in prison or even sentenced to death.
The Ecuadorian embassy in London enjoys full diplomatic immunity which means Assange is extended that protection when inside the embassy’s gates.
Insiders expect that Ecuador’s officials will deny his asylum request and that he will be arrested immediately following his exit from the embassy.
Even if diplomatic immunity is extended to Assange, officials can simply stop car or helicopter attempts to get him out of the country.
Given his attempt to flee the country it is likely Julian Assange will have his bail revoked and will be placed in prison until he is finally extradited.
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