Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder takes legal action against Ecuador

Assange sues Ecuador for ‘violating fundamental rights & freedoms’ over new set of ‘censure’ rules

Assange sues Ecuador for ‘violating fundamental rights & freedoms’ over new set of ‘censure’ rules

"The move comes nearly seven months after Ecuador threatened to remove his protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world, including by refusing to allow journalists and human rights organisations to see him, and installing three signal jammers in the embassy to prevent his phone calls and internet access", WikiLeaks declared.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed a lawsuit in Ecuador against new terms of asylum in the Andean country's London embassy that require him to pay for medical bills and phone calls and clean up after his pet cat, his lawyer says.

The case, which is being launched in Ecuador by Wikileaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon, is expected to be heard in a domestic court next week.

"The move comes nearly seven months after Ecuador threatened to remove his protection and summarily cut off his access to the outside world, including by refusing to allow journalists and human rights organisations to see him, and installing three signal jammers in the embassy to prevent his phone calls and internet access", the WikiLeaks statement read.

The co-founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 out of fear that he would be arrested by United Kingdom authorities for a violation of bail terms and deported to the US.

However, earlier this week it said it would be partially restored.

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A statement said: "Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community".

It said Ecuador's government had refused to allow a visit by Human Rights Watch's general counsel Dinah PoKempner and stopped several meetings with Assange's lawyers.

Why is he living in the embassy?

"Mention of the cat is degrading", Garzon said, adding that Assange is ill due to his prolonged confinement in the embassy.

Ecuador granted him asylum in August 2012, saying it feared his human rights might be violated if he was extradited.

In May 2017, Sweden's director of public prosecutions confirmed that the allegations had been dropped.

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