Met Police withdraws 24/7 guards for Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy as part of "covert plan"

A number of “overt and covert tactics” will be applied to arrest the Wikileaks founder

The Met Police has decided to remove “dedicated 24/7 guards” at Ecuadorian Embassy as part of a covert plan.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in June 2012, has been protected by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) since day one. 

However Met Police now wants to do everything it can to present Assange before court.

In December 2010, Assange was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and his extradition ordered him to answer serious criminal allegations in Sweden. He is subject to arrest under Section 7 of the Bail Act, for failing to surrender to custody on 29 June 2012 for removal to Sweden.

Back in June it was revealed that Assange has cost the taxpayer over £11m in security for his three-year stay at Ecuador embassy.

In a statement, Met Police said: “Whilst the MPS remains committed to executing the arrest warrant and presenting Julian Assange before the court, it is only right that the policing operation to achieve this is continually reviewed against the diplomatic and legal efforts to resolve the situation.

“The operation to arrest Julian Assange does however continue and should he leave the Embassy the MPS will make every effort to arrest him. However it is no longer proportionate to commit officers to a permanent presence.

“Whilst no tactics guarantee success in the event of Julian Assange leaving the embassy, the MPS will deploy a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him. 

“This decision has not been taken lightly, and the MPS has discussed it with the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

“A significant amount of time has passed since Julian Assange entered the Embassy, and despite the efforts of many people there is no imminent prospect of a diplomatic or legal resolution to this issue.”

 

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Nice to see the police getting their priorities right! - £11 million what are the officers on 1st Class flights lunch breaks to the Bahamas?

    That figure is a joke - either someone is lying or the MPS are ripping off the public faster then the great train robbers.

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  • Sanity and Sanctuary both ancient right subject to inflation.

    Strange, that it is not charged to the foreign aid budget.
    or AS IT IS EUROPEAN give the bill to the European Parliament.

    In any case is Mr J A, devoid of Human Right.Protections as three years comes under the heading of Torture, unusual and cruel punishment.

    If and when he faces Court,found guilty
    will his time in the Eco Embassy be deducted.

    Best dress J A, as an English woman in a full Bulker and put him on Eurostar to Paris one way.
    or an Ryan Air FARE (Single) TO GERMANY.

    Some words have been changed to protect neutral status.

    The Germans owe us one for polluting our
    Cities with nasty diesel fumes.

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  • London Loves Business is letting the English League of Sanctuary seekers down badly,for
    it should investigate and publish the league table of the best Embassies to claim sanctuary in (Facilities/quality of accommodation/ food/ whether or not sexual entertainment is permitted - i.e. True Love.

    There must be millions in the UK, waiting too go for it. two tv's, Free Health Care, Physical, Mental and Dental Neighbors.
    East Ender's A call to duty step up and be counted LLB.

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