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UK: ‘It’s shameful’ – Former Ecuadorian consul on US authorities seizing Assange’s belongings

United Kingdom, London
May 20, 2019 at 16:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Ecuadorian consul Fidel Narvaez said it’s “unprecedented and shameful” that US officials are reportedly being allowed to seize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s personal belongings from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, speaking outside the consulate on Monday.

“We are making history now,” the former diplomat said, accusing the Ecuadorian government of allowing the “kidnapping” of Assange and the “illegal” confiscation of his personal belongings.

“There is not any judge, order, that authorises seizing Julian’s belongings, so no Ecuadorian judge has ordered that. I don’t think any US judge has ordered that nor a British judge,” he said.

The former consul stated that Assange’s possessions will now most likely be first sent to Ecuador and then to the US.

“Anything is possible because everything is so abusive and so illegal. It is not following even the basic legal requirements,” he concluded.

Two police officers arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy earlier on Monday, after office of Ecuador's attorney general, Diana Salazar, reportedly informed Assange's lawyer, Carlos Poveda, that the WikiLeaks founder's belongings, including computers, mobile phones, memory sticks and other electronic devices, will be seized and sent to the US as part of Ecuador's response to the Department of Justice's judicial request.

Assange was arrested by British police on April 11, 2019 after Ecuador officially revoked his asylum status and allowed UK police to escort him from the embassy and into custody.

The WikiLeaks founder was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a court in London for violating bail conditions after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy.

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Former Ecuadorian consul Fidel Narvaez said it’s “unprecedented and shameful” that US officials are reportedly being allowed to seize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s personal belongings from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, speaking outside the consulate on Monday.

“We are making history now,” the former diplomat said, accusing the Ecuadorian government of allowing the “kidnapping” of Assange and the “illegal” confiscation of his personal belongings.

“There is not any judge, order, that authorises seizing Julian’s belongings, so no Ecuadorian judge has ordered that. I don’t think any US judge has ordered that nor a British judge,” he said.

The former consul stated that Assange’s possessions will now most likely be first sent to Ecuador and then to the US.

“Anything is possible because everything is so abusive and so illegal. It is not following even the basic legal requirements,” he concluded.

Two police officers arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy earlier on Monday, after office of Ecuador's attorney general, Diana Salazar, reportedly informed Assange's lawyer, Carlos Poveda, that the WikiLeaks founder's belongings, including computers, mobile phones, memory sticks and other electronic devices, will be seized and sent to the US as part of Ecuador's response to the Department of Justice's judicial request.

Assange was arrested by British police on April 11, 2019 after Ecuador officially revoked his asylum status and allowed UK police to escort him from the embassy and into custody.

The WikiLeaks founder was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a court in London for violating bail conditions after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy.

SOT, Fidel Narvaez, former Ecuadorian consul: “We are making history now. There’s no precedent that I know, and I would be very very surprised that ever before a country that granted political asylum handed over a political refugee to his persecutors, opened the doors of its diplomatic premises for a foreign power to come and kidnap the political refugee. And then to steal the belongings of the political refugee and hand it over to his persecutors. This is unprecedented, it’s shameful.”

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SOT, Fidel Narvaez, former Ecuadorian consul: “There is an investigation going on [WikiLeaks founder] Julian [Assange]. But what’s happening today is illegal. There is not any judge, order, that authorises seizing Julian’s belongings, so no Ecuadorian judge has ordered that. I don’t think any US judge has ordered that nor a British judge. So it is illegal, because there are Julian’s belongings, so Ecuador cannot just do whatever they want with it.”

W/S Ecuadorian embassy *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Fidel Narvaez, former Ecuadorian consul: “Certainly, I don’t think they can hand it over to a foreign power. Julian is still Ecuadorian [citizen] so it is illegal, it is abusive.”

W/S Ecuadorian embassy *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Fidel Narvaez, former Ecuadorian consul: “Anything is possible because everything is so abusive and so illegal. It is not following even the basic legal requirements. It is very likely that things are going to be sent first to Ecuador and inspected by Ecuadorian government and police and then handed over to the Americans, but it’s also possible that it’s going to be handed straight away to the Americans.”

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