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London Police Say They're Still Obligated to Arrest Assange


On Friday, Swedish prosecutors said they dropped their preliminary rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. But that doesn't mean he can just leave the embassy.

On Friday, Swedish prosecutors announced that they have dropped their suspected rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. But the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which serves London, says it is still obligated to arrest Assange if he does decide to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been holed up for over half a decade.

"Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012," the MPS said in a statement published Friday. "The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy."

As the MPS acknowledges, this is a much less serious crime than the one Swedish prosecutors were investigating. As legal commentator David Allen Green pointed out on Twitter, Assange may face up to a year in prison for breaching bail if convicted.

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Assange needs to study Karl Lentz. Then, if he is arrested, he can step over to Queen's Bench in the British court system. This is a man-to-man, common law side of the courts. It requires the police to show what harm or damage Assange did to them personally as men or women. || In America common law is an easy thing if you know and live it in the first place. || In Britain, common law is built into the court system with more rules. This means that Assange might have to know more court stuff to activate it, but it is also more cut and dried. He won't have a problem if he wants to go this rout. He can make money off the British legal system if he knows what he is doing with this.