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SOT, RT journalist (English): "So what happens then if he is arrested?" SOT, Carey Shenkman, Julian Assange's lawyer (English): "If he's ever arrested he faces a serious risk of onward extradition to the United States where there has been an ongoing attempt to prosecute WikiLeaks and Julian Assange on account for publication work. This is a political case and involves espionage, theft of government property and conspiracy, and it has been recognised by Ecuador to be the basis for asylum and that's why Ecuador granted asylum. The asylum is about the United States and about the risk of extradition and persecution to the United States." SOT, RT journalist (English): "As a lawyer would you say that he is being denied medical attention, does that mean that his human rights are being violated?" SOT, Carey Shenkman, Julian Assange's lawyer (English): "Absolutely. And the UK and Sweden right now are clearly violating international law. The UK is effectively brushing off its international obligations. The UK is party to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights - both which grant a right to medical treatment. Others also, an internationally recognised right to asylum under The 1951 Refugee Convention, the UK and Sweden both recognise asylum in embassies - there is precedent for this. SOT, RT journalist (English): "Well the Foreign Office has made it very clear, they say well, look, they're not stopping him from going to hospital but there again, what happens when he steps out of the embassy is a matter for the Metropolitan Police." SOT, Carey Shenkman, Julian Assange's lawyer (English): "Well that's quite a dishonest way for the UK to ignore its international legal obligations. In fact, what they are doing in reality is making Assange chose between his asylum and getting medical treatment. No person should ever have to make that choice. And the UK is forcing him to make that choice but it's not one that any person should have to make." Carey Shenkman, Julian Assange's lawyer, speaking from New York during a Skype interview with RT UK in London on Thursday, accused the Swedish and the UK authorities of "clearly violating international law." According to his lawyer, Assange is facing health problems and requires an MRI scan, which is not possible in the Ecuadorian embassy where he is currently situated. Shenkman also said that UK authorities had said they would arrest the WikiLeaks founder if he left the building in order to get medical treatment. "The UK and Sweden right now are clearly violating international law. The UK is effectively brushing off its international obligations,” said the legal professional. He went on to cite the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, both of which grant a right to medical treatment. He also referred to the 1951 Refugee Convention, pointing to the fact that the UK and Sweden “both recognise asylum in embassies,” before saying that there is “precedent for this.” He described this as a “dishonest way for the UK to ignore its international legal obligations. In fact, what they are doing in reality is making Assange chose between his asylum and getting medical treatment. No person should ever have to make that choice. And the UK is forcing him to make that choice but it's not one that any person should have to make" he added. The WikiLeaks founder has lived in the embassy since June 2012 when he was granted diplomatic asylum by Ecuador. The 44-year-old fears extradition to Sweden by the British government under an outstanding European Arrest Warrant that relates to an alleged sexual assault in Stockholm in 2010. Assange says he is willing to face questioning in relation to the incident in the UK, but refuses to travel to Sweden as it has declined to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US to face espionage charges.

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