WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would have allowed British police to arrest him if a United Nations panel ruled against him in connection with a case about his more than three years of detention in London.
Julian Paul Assange is an Australian computer programmer, publisher and journalist. The editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, is the organisation he founded in 2006.
BBC reports that it's in Assange's favour. If the appeal is thrown out, however, and the 44-year-old walks out of the embassy, it'll trigger some legal dominoes that have been stacking up during his asylum. Right now, it's hard to tell exactly what will happen when the WikiLeaks chief walks out the front door
Assange entered Ecuador's Embassy located in the British capital to evade arrest back in June 2012. If he steps outside of it, he would be immediately arrested and face extradition back to Sweden and to the United States.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention decision comes more than 16 months after he filed a complaint with the panel about his detention.
Published reports say the U.N. panel has ruled in favor of Assange, saying he had been "arbitrarily detained." However, officials would not confirm that position and said it would not release any information prior to Friday's official announcement.
BBC News - UN panel 'rules in Julian Assange's favour' http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35490910
Wikileaks' Assange wins U.N. ruling on 'arbitrary detention": BBC http://reut.rs/23K4snl via @Reuters
Julian Assange’s 3.5 Year Detainment in Embassy Ruled Unlawful http://www.wired.com/2016/02/julian-assanges-3-5-year-detainment-in-emb… via @WIRED