Assange had been accused of four cases of sexual assault, yet the statute of limitations for three of them is now over.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will respect a UN ruling on his case and accept arrest by British authorities at noon on Friday if it goes against him.
UK police said Thursday earlier announced plans to take Assange into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant were still in place.
Assange, 44, an Australian national, has been sought by Swedish authorities since 2012 for questioning over allegations of rape.
In June 2012, Assange took refuge in the the UK’s Ecuadorian embassy – after Ecuador granted him political asylum – to avoid extradition to Sweden. He has lived there for three-and-a-half years appealing his case to the UN.
“Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police, as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal,” a statement posted Thursday on WikiLeaks’ Twitter page said.
“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me,” Assange added.
Assange argued that he had been deprived of his fundamental liberties, including lack of access to sunlight or fresh air, and adequate medical facilities, as well as legal and procedural insecurity.
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