MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, following MacFadyen's death Assange asked the Swedish authorities to allow him to attend his funeral accompanied by a police escort. However, Marianne Ny, the official in charge, rejected his request.
"I am heart-broken that this official has rejected my request to attend Gavin’s funeral… This callous official has shown no consideration for my grief or that of Gavin’s family. I have instructed my counsel to appeal the request to Sweden’s Attorney General," Assange said in a statement as cited by the justice4assange website.
Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 to not be extradited to Sweden, where he was accused of rape after WikiLeaks began to release documents in its possession.