Thursday, August 23, 2012

ASSANGE COULD GO TO INTERNATIONAL COURT

Julian Assange's legal team will likely apply to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to get the activist out of London to diplomatic asylum in Ecuador.

Former judge at Spain's top criminal court, and head of Mr Assange's legal team, Baltasar Garzon, says they are exploring a number of ways to guarantee his safety.

The ICJ is the world's top arbitration body for disputes between states.

Speaking through an interpreter on the sidelines of the International Council of Archives Congress in Brisbane, Mr Garzon said the United Kingdom is bound by international law to offer his client safe passage to asylum.

The UK could be ordered into negotiations with Ecuador if the ICJ finds in favour of an application.

The lawyer said they would request many provisional measures be taken by the UK, on humanitarian grounds, to guarantee Mr Assange's safety.

Mr Garzon would not elaborate on what they might be. Read More