Julian Assange Stripped of Citizenship in Ecuador

Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, citing inconsistencies on his naturalization letter and unpaid fees. 

The Pichincha Court for Contentious Administrative Matters had officially informed Assange of the revocation of his citizenship, as his lawyer maintained the move was carried out without due process, saying they will appeal the decision.

“On the date (Assange) was cited he was deprived of his liberty and with a health crisis inside the deprivation of liberty center where he was being held,” Assange’s lawyer Carlos Poveda told The Associated Press.

“More than the importance of nationality, it is a matter of respecting rights and following due process in withdrawing nationality,” Poveda said. 

The South American country granted citizenship to Assange in 2018 after he sought political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012.

The foreign ministry of Ecuador said that the court “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.”

The 50-year-old has been detained in the high-security Belmarsh prison in London since his arrest in 2019 for skipping his bail.

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