- Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:41 am
I've had a Facebook status claiming that Assange is a refugee. That is an insult to other refugees. He is a fugitive, and Ecuador has no power to give asylum to a fugitive who has not been charged with a political crime.
It's also useful to note that the Swedish system of justice does not charge at the beginning of the process of investigations (as we do) but at the end (like the French). So he would not be charged until after questioning, possibly for some time. Therefore the statement that he has not been charged is a red herring.
Sweden (like the UK) is a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, which stipulates that he cannot be extradited to any country in which he might face the death penalty or torture. So concerns that he might be extradited to the USA and face the death penalty is a red herring.
Sweden cannot send an investigating judge to work in another country, and to suggest that he should be questioned in the Ecuadorian Embassy (or the UK) is a red herring.
Assange's fanboys are trying every line they can to get their chubster out of trouble, but it is unjust and unfair that he does not answer accusations made against him. The Swedish women have rights, too.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.