February 2, 2016 7:47 am

UN set to reveal decision Friday on Julian Assange’s release: report

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to learn on Friday whether he will be released from detention following a decision by the United Nations human rights working group.

According to media reports, Assange submitted a complaint against Sweden and the United Kingdom to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Sept. 12, 2014 citing the unlawful and “arbitrary nature” of his detention.

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The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention investigates cases of arbitrary arrest and detention that may violate international human rights law.

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadoran Embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual misconduct and rape of two women – accusations he denies.

Swedish prosecutors last August dropped three cases of sexual misconduct against Assange after the statute of limitations expired, but will continue to investigate accusations of rape against him.

Assange said he believes that Sweden would send him to the United States to face charges for the WikiLeaks publication of thousands of classified U.S. government documents.

With a file from The Associated Press

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