Earlier in the year, Julian Assange’s case was concluded, and the UN had instructed the UK and Sweden to uphold their decision. The UK then appealed their decision, and now the UN has ruled in favor of Assange.
It isn’t the first time that the UK has appealed their decision either. This was their second attempt, and this time the UN ruled their appeal “not admissible”, according to Justice for Assange. Continuing, it was reported that they stated that this would be the end of London’s “attempt to overturn the ruling.”
“Now that all appeals are exhausted, I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their international obligations and set me free,” a statement by Assange read, with the fugitive whistle-blower calling his detention “an obvious and grotesque injustice.”
The recent development in the Assange case at the UN forces the UK and Sweden – which are parties to his case – “to immediately put an end to Mr. Assange’s arbitrary detention and afford him monetary compensation,” Justice for Assange stated, adding that a failure to do so would undermine the UN human rights’ protection system.
Julian still faces unfiled charges over allegations of rape in Stockholm that date back to 2010. He continues to deny the accusations, even stating that he felt like his extradition to the U.S would assist in his criminal investigation there due to WikiLeaks.
In the meantime, he has been kept at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, since August 2012. Earlier this month, investigators from Sweden came to interview Assange in regards to the rape charges. According to Assange, he has “cooperated fully” with them.