EU says Assange arrest a judicial matter

BRUSSELS, The European Union declined to comment on the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange earlier Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. “This is a judicial issue related with an European arrest warrant case as Sweden is also involved. So this is a process in the hands of judges,” chief European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas told a news conference. “So when judges speak, politicians should shut up and the executive (body) should also shut up,” he added.

Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault but the case has since been dropped. He also faces conspiracy charges in the US related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets.

Source: Kuwait News Agency