Alan Duncan, U.K Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, gave reassurance that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange won’t be extradited to a country where he might face a death penalty.
Duncan was addressing a joint press conference with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Jose Valencia that a relevant agreement on Assange’s extradition was clinched earlier this month and that London is concerned about his health.
“It is our broad policy in all circumstances, so it equally applies to Julian Assange, that he will not be extradited if he is going to face the death penalty. So that will apply to him”, the British diplomat told Sky News.
In the UK, a decision on extradition is taken personally by the country’s Foreign Secretary who, however, sticks to regulations stipulated by European and British law.
Assange is currently serving 50 weeks imprisonment in Belmarsh prison in U.K