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    Sweden Formally Contests UN Panel Statement on WikiLeaks Assange Detention

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    According to press service of the Swedish Prosecution Authority, organ has formally contested the UN panel’s statement that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was “arbitrarily detained”.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Swedish Prosecution Authority has formally contested the UN panel’s statement that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was “arbitrarily detained,” the organ told Sputnik on Friday.

    Earlier in the day, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) ruled in a majority decision that Assange is being detained inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London arbitrarily. Britain vowed to dispute the UN-mandated panel's ruling.

    "It has been contested… I’m absolutely positive that there is a formal contest," the press service of the Swedish Prosecution Authority said.

    The WikiLeaks founder 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 WGAD.

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