London Police Tell WikiLeaks Founder to Turn Himself in (Report)

Julian Assange -2010
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Julian Assange has been in the embassy of Ecuador where he has requested political asylum.

LONDON - Police here have told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the embassy of Ecuador and turn himself in at a police station at 11:30am on Friday, the Guardian reported Thursday, citing sources.

Assange walked into the embassy of Ecuador about a week ago and asked the country for political asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden. He would face sexual assault charges in the Scandinavian country.

Police have said that the move was in violation of his bail rules. Now, the Guardian said, Assange has been served with a police letter.

"The Metropolitan Police Service have this morning...served a surrender notice upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at a date and time of our choosing," a Scotland Yard spokesman told the paper. "This is standard practice in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process."

He added: "Failing to surrender would be a further breach of conditions, and he is liable to arrest."

Ecuador has said Assange is under its protection while it continues to consider the 40-year-old's asylum request.

Assange later in the day told a BBC radio show that he doesn't plan to turn himself in.


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