London: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be allowed to walk free and compensated for his “deprivation of liberty”, a UN legal panel has found.
Mr Assange, 44 – who faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies – claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012.
He has been arbitrarily detained since his arrest in 2010, the panel said.
Swedish prosecutors said it would have “no formal impact” on their inquiry and UK police said he still faces arrest.
The five independent rights experts, who make up the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, insisted Mr Assange’s detention “should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected”.