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Geoffrey Robertson: 'We should stand up for Assange'
Sweden in violation of European civil rights.
LONDON (Rixstep) — 'Mr Assange has been the victim of utterly incompetent prosecutors who have severely damaged his rights - the rights that every person in Europe has granted to them under the European convention', says leading international human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.
'The Australian government should carpet the Swedish ambassador and make a formal protest against the treatment of Assange.'
'Mr Assange may have been naïve but he is not a criminal', said Robertson, suggesting that higher authorities such as the ECHR would always come to Assange's aid.
'In due course I predict that the European Court of Human Rights would uphold Assange's position and order the Swedish government to compensate him. His lawyers should already be preparing for that eventuality.'
Suspicions have grown that Swedish authorities want to lay low with the case until after national elections 19 September. But such delays ignore Assange's right to have the matter dealt with promptly and correctly.
Geoffrey Ronald Robertson QC is the founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers in London and a member of the United Nations Justice Council.
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