On the 28th July 2021, Associated Press in Quito reported
Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who remains in a British prison.
Assange received Ecuadorian citizenship in January 2018 as part of a failed attempt by the government of then-President Lenín Moreno to turn him into a diplomat and get him out of its embassy in London.
On Monday [26th July 2021], the Pichincha Court for Contentious Administrative Matters revoked this decision.
Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry said the court had “acted independently and followed due process in a case that took place during the previous government and that was raised by the same previous government.”
Editors Note: We fail to understand how British Police can physically extract a citizen from that country’s embassy. While we feel the extradition proceedings against Julian Assange have the makings of a kangaroo court we wish to point out at least there is a legal extradition process.
Carlos Poveda, Mr Assange’s lawyer, said the court made the decision without due process, and Mr Assange was not allowed to appear in the case.
“On the date [Mr Assange] was cited he was deprived of his liberty and with a health crisis inside the deprivation of liberty centre where he was being held,” he said.
Mr Poveda said he would file appeals asking for amplification and clarification of the decision.
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