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|2012-06-29 - Weird News|
Assange mulling ignoring extradition notice
-- Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff
London, United Kingdom (4E) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is considering ignoring a London Metropolitan Police's extradition notice amid fears that Sweden will secretly extradite him to the United States.
The order requires him to surrender at the police station.
Assange said that he was not going to violate any rights by ignoring the extradition notice, which was sent to him by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday.
The asylum-seeker has taken refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in the British capital of London since last week.
Assange is awaiting trial in Sweden over a sex scandal and charges of rape. However, he fears that if Britain would deport him to Sweden, Stockholm would further extradite him to the U.S., where he could face execution for publishing thousands of secret diplomatic cables - a cause of embarrassment to several governments and global businesses.
According to Scotland Yard, "The notice wanted Assange, 40, to visit police station "at a time of our choosing". In a brief statement to the BBC, Scotland Yard described it as a standard procedure in extradition cases.
"He remains in breach of his bail conditions and failure to surrender would be a further breach of those conditions and he is liable to arrest," the statement added.
The Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, clarified that it could not arrest Assange inside the embassy because of international diplomatic arrangements.
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