The lawyer for one of Julian Assange’s alleged sex attack victims yesterday called on Britain to help extradite him to Sweden.
Elisabeth Massi Fritz said the woman, known as Miss A, was determined to see the Wikileaks founder face justice.
Assange, 47, is facing rape and sexual assault allegations against two women in Sweden but he is also wanted in America after leaking military secrets, including details of alleged war crimes committed by U.S troops, through his WikiLeaks web operation.
More than 70 MPs and peers have also called on Home Secretary Sajid Javid to prioritise the sexual assault accusations over the US WikiLeaks charges.
Assange was arrested on Thursday at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he had been holed up since 2012.
Yesterday, Ms Massi Fritz told The Sunday Post: “This has been a very long and painful process for my client. I’m fighting for her rights to be remembered. Getting justice and restitution is of utmost importance for her to be able to move on with her life.
“No one is above the law, and no one should be able to hide and escape from justice like Assange has done in this case.
“We are now awaiting the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s decision.
“We are hopeful they will make the right decision which is to reopen the Swedish rape investigation and request that Assange’s extradition to Sweden so that he will finally face justice.
“If such a decision is made, we hope the British authorities will co-operate so that Assange can be extradited to Sweden before the statute of limitations for the rape allegation expire in August 2020.”
The Swedish authorities have not yet submitted an extradition request as the investigation was closed while Assange was in the Ecuadorean embassy.