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Julian Assange: UN ruling is 'legally binding'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has described a UN ruling, that he has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden, as a "victory" for himself and the "independence of the UN.

Appearing on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, he said that the UN ruling is "legally binding" in response to comments from the Foreign Secretary that he remains a "fugitive of justice".

Mr Assange is wanted for extradition on a rape accusation in Sweden.

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Hammond: Assange remains a 'fugitive from justice'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has described the UN working group's report on Julian Assange "ridiculous" and said the WikiLeaks founder is a "fugitive from justice".

The UN panel ruled Mr Assange is being "arbitrarily detained" in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and called for him to be paid compensation.

But Mr Hammond said the panel lacked credibility.

I reject the decision of this working group. It is a group made up of lay people and not lawyers. Julian Assange is a fugitive from justice. He is hiding from justice in the Ecuadorian embassy.

He can come out any time he chooses... But he will have to face justice in Sweden if he chooses to do so. This is frankly a ridiculous finding by the working group and we reject it.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

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