The Ecuadorian justice system officially informs Australians his Naturalized in a letter in response to a request made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South American countries.
If naturalization is granted based on concealment of relevant facts, false documents or fraud, it is considered destructive. The Ecuadorian authorities stated that Assange’s naturalization letter had multiple inconsistencies, different signatures, possible changes to documents, and unpaid fees.
Assange’s lawyer Carlos Poveda told the Associated Press that the decision was made without due process. Assange Not allowed to appear in the case.
Poveda stated that he will appeal, requesting that the decision be expanded and clarified. “Not only the importance of nationality, but more importantly, respect for rights and follow proper procedures to withdraw nationality.”
Assange obtained Ecuadorian citizenship in January 2018 as part of a failed attempt by the then-President Lenín Moreno’s government to turn him into a diplomat to get him out of his embassy in London.
On Monday, the Pichincha Administrative Dispute Court reversed the decision.
Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Associated Press that the court “acted independently and followed due process in cases that occurred during the previous government and were filed by the same previous government.”
Assange, 50, has been in London’s heavily guarded Belmarsh Prison since he was arrested in April 2019 for skipping bail in a separate legal battle seven years ago.
Assange Spent seven years at the London Embassy in Ecuador, where he Fleeing in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault. Sweden abandoned sex crime investigations in November 2019 because time has passed.
U.S. prosecutors have sued Assange Regarding 17 espionage allegations and one computer abuse allegation WikiLeaks‘Thousands of military and diplomatic documents were leaked. These charges are punishable by up to 175 years in prison.
U.S. prosecutors say Assange illegally helped U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal classified diplomatic cables and military files WikiLeaks Later published. Assange’s lawyer argued that he is a journalist and has the right to enjoy the First Amendment freedom of speech protection for publishing documents exposing U.S. military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, the British High Court allowed the US government to appeal a ruling. WikiLeaks The founder cannot be sent to the United States to accept espionage charges.
In January, a lower court judge rejected the U.S. request to Assange To the U.S.
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