The Ecuadorian justice recognized the citizenship of this country granted to the founder of the WikiLeaks website Julian Assange as invalid last week and officially notified the activist’s defense, his lawyer Carlos Poveda told.
“The judges of the administrative court agreed with the arguments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and declared invalid the letter of naturalization issued to Julian Assange. The notification came to us today (Monday),” Poveda said.
The court’s decision is subject to appeal through the so-called horizontal appeals for expansion and clarification, as well as a final appeal in the cassation instance, Assange’s lawyer must take part in the hearings.
Assange received a letter of naturalization from the government of Ecuador in December 2017, hiding in the embassy of this country in London. On April 10, 2019, on the eve of his extradition to the British police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a document recognizing the letter on Assange’s naturalization as a “damaging administrative act.”
The decision of the Administrative Court on the dispute on the deprivation of Assange’s citizenship was based on a report by the Office of the National Comptroller, which states procedural violations and non-compliance with the criteria for granting citizenship.
According to the lawyer, these are only assumptions, and the Office of the Financial Controller acted with obvious political interests – the prosecution failed to confirm any of the alleged violations and did not provide evidence. Poveda also noted violations during the process that made it difficult for the defense to act.
“From the first hearing, we stated that Julian was brought to court not according to the law, the documents must be translated, because he has English… I myself learned about the trial when I went to the court’s website,” Poveda said.