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UK assured Ecuador Assange not facing death penalty - report

Both former and incumbent United Kingdom foreign secretaries, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt assured Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would not face capital punishment if extradited to the United States, according to the letters obtained by the Guardian on Tuesday.

In the letters signed by Hunt and Johnson, dated March 7 and August 10, 2018, respectively, the UK officials stated that, according to British laws, "a person’s extradition cannot be ordered if the person concerned will be subject to the death penalty." In virtually identical letters, the two explain that in order to extradite a person, home secretary must first receive "adequate assurances from that country that the death penalty will not be imposed or carried out." If the home secretary accepts said assurances, the letters read, the person facing extradition "may also seek leave to appeal to the high court" which would then review those assurances.

Assange was arrested by the British police last week after having spent seven years at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. He was immediately charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion by the US, while Sweden started examining whether to reopen the investigation into Assange's alleged sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, media reports suggested that Washington had to provide verbal pledges to Ecuador that the WikiLeaks founder would not face the death penalty if handed over.

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