Ecuador's Decision To Suspend Assange's Citizenship Unlawful - Lawyers
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 01:15 AM
MONTEVIDEO (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) Ecuador's announcement that it has suspended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's citizenship is not something going in line with in the Constitution, Ecuadorean lawyers have told Sputnik.
"Laws do not foresee suspension of citizenship. You either have it or you don't," Jorge Benavides, the dean of the law faculty at the UTE university in Quito who has a PhD in constitutional law, said.
Assange was arrested at the embassy last week after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum status. A judge in London has found him guilty of skipping bail in 2012 when he faced extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges.
The whistleblower feared that Sweden would hand him over to the United States where he could be subject to death penalty for leaking classified Afghan war logs. The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against him on much milder charges of conspiracy to hack a government computer.