Statement from the Minister for Foreign Affairs on Julian Assange

  • Statement
11 April 2019

I am aware Mr Julian Assange was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police Service at the Embassy of Ecuador on 11 April on a warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates Court on 12 June 2012 for failure to surrender to the Court.

Mr Assange will continue to receive the usual consular support from the Australian Government. Consular officers will seek to visit Mr Assange at his place of detention.

I am confident, as the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt publicly confirmed in July 2018, that Mr Assange will receive due process in the legal proceedings he faces in the United Kingdom.

As the matter is the subject of law enforcement and legal proceedings we will not provide ongoing comment.

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