Assange faces bail breach arrest20/06/2012 - 10:42:28
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces arrest after breaching his bail conditions when he applied for political asylum at Ecuadorian Embassy last night.
The 40-year-old Australian is inside the building in Knightsbridge, London, having gone there yesterday afternoon to request asylum under the United Nations Human Rights Declaration.
The move followed his failed bid to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.
The Metropolitan Police today confirmed Assange is subject to arrest after breaching one of the bail conditions imposed on him by the High Court, which was to stay at his bail address between 10pm and 8am.
A police spokeswoman said: ``At around 10.20pm on Tuesday June 19, the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) was notified that Assange had breached one of those bail conditions.
“He is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act for breach of these conditions.
“Officers are aware of his location at the Ecuador Embassy in Hans Crescent, London.”
Mr Assange is fighting extradition to Sweden, where he faces accusations of raping a woman and sexually molesting and coercing another in Stockholm in August 2010 while on a visit to give a lecture.
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