Wikileaks' Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained, UN panel finds


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The UK and Sweden should end Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's deprivation of liberty, a UN legal panel has said.

Mr Assange, 44 - who faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies - claimed asylum in London's Ecuadorean embassy in 2012.

He has been arbitrarily detained since his arrest in 2010, the panel said.

Prosecutors in Sweden had said the UN panel's decision would have "no formal impact" on their investigation and UK police said he still faces arrest.

The five independent rights experts, who make up the UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, insisted Mr Assange's detention "should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected".

Mr Assange should be entitled to "an enforceable right to compensation".

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