WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a seven-year-old refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has been arrested, Scotland Yard said Thursday.
“Julian Assange, 47, was arrested today, Thursday, April 11, by agents of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador,” said Scotland Yard, explaining that the arrest was conducted under a June 2012 warrant issued by the London Westminster Court for failure to appear in court.
Assange was taken into custody in a London police station and will be “brought to Westminster Court as soon as possible”.
Hair and white beard, Julian Assange was carried out of the Ecuadorian diplomatic representation soon after 9:00 GMT by six police officers dressed in plain clothes until a police van, according to a video of his arrest.
The arrest was confirmed by British Interior Minister Sajid Javid. “Nearly 7 years after entering the Ecuadorian Embassy, I can confirm that Julian Assange is currently in custody and will face justice in the UK,” Javid said, adding “no one is above the laws”.
WikiLeaks reacted on the same social network accusing Ecuador of having “illegally put an end to Assange’s political asylum, in violation of international law” and “invited” British police into the compound of the embassy.