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British MP's Push To Extradite Assange To Sweden

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Published on April 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s

British MP's Push To Extradite Assange To Sweden

Over 70 parliament members requested the government communicate to Sweden it will accept an extradition request.

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British MP's Push To Extradite Assange To Sweden

British members of Parliament are pressuring the government to cooperate with Sweden if it requests that Julian Assange be extradited.

The WikiLeaks founder  was arrested Thursday  under warrants from both the U.K. and U.S. after  Ecuador revoked his asylum .

Since 2012, Assange had been staying at Ecuador's embassy in London, avoiding extradition to Sweden for sexual assault allegations.

Sweden eventually dropped those charges.

But,  it said  one of the accusers requested the probe be opened again.

The country has not announced a decision on that.  The U.K. has found Assange guilty of breaking bail conditions and  the U.S. charged him  with conspiracy to commit computer hacking.

He's set to be sentenced in the U.K. May 2, and the U.S. has requested extradition.

In a letter  Friday, over 70 British MPs requested the government communicate to Sweden it will accept an extradition request, if one is made.

The letter said the statute of limitations for the rape allegation ends August 2020, and that the U.K. needs to "send a strong message" that the country stands with victims of sexual violence.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .  

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