Ecuador yet to decide on Assangealt39s asylum

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 01:54 AM IST
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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has denied on Twitter that his country had already decided to grant political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. ” The rumour about Assanges asylum is false. There is as yet no decis

ion on the issue,” Correa wrote on Twitter. ” I am expecting a report from the Foreign Ministry.” On Monday, Correa told a TV channel that he would meet Wednesday with the team in charge of legal analysis of Assanges case to continue examining the request before making a decision, reported Xinhua.

British newspaper The Guardian reported on its website Tuesday that Ecuador was set to grant Assange asylum, citing a diplomatic source in the Ecuadorian capital Quito.

” The only spokesmen on the Julian Assange issue are President Rafael Correa and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. Ecuador is still studying the request, the authorities will make an announcement,” Deputy Foreign Minister Marco Albuja said on Twitter. Correa had earlier said a decision would be made once the London Olympic Games was over.

— IANS

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