Parliamentarians urge Government to ensure Assange can be extradited to Sweden

Protest outside Assange trial at Westminster Magistrates Court

Assange first sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012, when he skipped bail after an extradition order to Sweden, where someone had accused him of sexual assault.

Julian Assange's mother has taken to Twitter to call on authorities to be gentle with her son, who's jailed in London after his removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Julian Assange may yet face rape charges in Sweden as the battle for extradition of the WikiLeaks founder heats up.

The letter, signed late on Friday by mostly Labour Party MPs, urged UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to "stand with the victims of sexual violence" and ensure the rape claim against him can be "properly investigated".

But Labour leader Mr Corbyn said Assange should not be extradited to the U.S. to face a charge of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

In May 2017, Sweden's top prosecutor dropped the long-running inquiry into a rape claim against Assange, which he has always denied.

With Assange facing extradition proceedings and up to five years in federal prison on the United States computer hacking charge, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the United Kingdom should resist handing him over.

After getting the boot, Assange was taken to a London court where he was found guilty of failing to surrender.

The Ecuadorian government had historically been sympathetic to Assange's cause, but a regime change two years ago heralded a less supportive approach. People in power don't like that, so therefore we have to silence it. OK? Regardless, Assange will have to serve any prison sentence for skipping bail in 2012 for the sexual assault and rape allegations, which a judge will determine at a later date.

The prosecution service said it did not have a timetable for when any decisions on the case would be made, but added the statute for limitations would not expire until August 2020.

The charge carries a prison term of up to five years.

Assange's London lawyer Jennifer Robinson said: "He's obviously going to fight extradition and fight it hard".

"But the only extradition request is from US, because he's a whistle-blower on atrocities caused by USA military ops".

Previous comparable cases, involving accused hackers Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon, took between five and 10 years but eventually resulted in their extraditions to the United States being blocked.

The United States will nearly certainly ask for him to be extradited to the States but Assange has said that he will fight an extradition order.

"The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it's been charged", she said on a stage in NY.

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