Correa Comments on Sweden’s Refusal to Interview Assange in London

Quito, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said that there are unthinkable things in Latin America in the Swedish legal framework, referring to that government”s refusal to interview Julian Assange in London.

The news agency Andes reported on Tuesday night that Correa referred to Ecuador’s request to Sweden to interview Assange about the alleged sex charges at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Correa noted that Sweden requests the extradition of the founder of Wikileaks, not because he was charged or sentences, but to testify about the accusations against him.

“These are inconceivable things in Latin America’s legal framework, if we did that here and they did not, we were troglodytes, cavemen, the ones who attempted and the same old story of always,” Correa said.

Correa, said the source, refused to anticipate criteria about whether Sweden’s decision might influence Ecuador’s response to Assange’s request for political asylum in Ecuador.

The president’s statements came during a visit to Quito by Christine Assange, the mother of the Australian journalist, who denounced the creation of a Grand Jury in the United States to sentence her son.

Christine met on Tuesday with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, to whom she expressed her gratitude for the government’s protection of her son in London, where he is waiting for political asylum since July 19.

Patiño ratified that Ecuador’s decision on this case will be made public after the Olympic Games in London, and made it clear that Ecuador will never endanger a citizen’s life.

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