Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy on Thursday, bringing to an end his 7-year long stay in the building and his asylum status.
Assange could be seen being escorted into a police vehicle waiting outside the embassy.
Wikileaks claimed on Friday that Ecuador had plans to expel the Wikleaks founder “in a matter of hours to days.”
The UK Metropolitan Police released a statement on its website:
“Julian Assange, 47, (03.07.71) has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador, Hans Crescent, SW1 on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court. He has been taken into custody at a central London police station where he will remain, before being presented before Westminster Magistrates’ Court as soon as is possible. The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”