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    UN Rules Assange's Detainment Illegal: Sweden, UK Must Set Him Free

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    A UN working panel has decided in Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange’s favor, BBC reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UN has decided that detaining the Wikileaks founder was illegal.

    According to the decision, this would mean that Great Britain and Sweden must immediately release him and pay compensation. The decision has been passed to the governments of Great Britain and Sweden, the broadcaster reported.

    Assange has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 out of fear of being extradited, first to Sweden where he has been accused of sexual assault, and ultimately to the United States where he could face espionage charges for publishing secret documents through his website.

    On September 12, 2014, Assange submitted a complaint against London and Stockholm to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).

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