Rights body: UK shouldn’t use Cyprus hangar for detentions

Dhekelia Garrison in Cyprus
Updated 08 December 2017
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Rights body: UK shouldn’t use Cyprus hangar for detentions

NICOSIA, Cyprus: Europe’s top human rights body says a concrete aircraft hangar at a British military base on Cyprus is unsuitable to house people and should never be used for detentions.
The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment said Friday that the hangar at Dhekelia Garrison known as ‘16 Flight’ offers poor conditions for detention and should be permanently struck off from the list of where people can be held.
The Committee expressed concern about reports that young children were also detained there.
Britain said it only detained adults who chose to have their children accompany them. It added it would “consider carefully” the committee’s comments before using such a facility again.
In 2015, protesters were detained at this hangar.


Sweden asks for detention of WikiLeaks’ Assange

Updated 20 May 2019
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Sweden asks for detention of WikiLeaks’ Assange

  • Assange was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up since 2012
  • The Australian secret-spiller also faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer

COPENHAGEN: A Swedish prosecutor says she has requested a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is jailed in Britain.
Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange “on probable cause suspected for rape ... I will issue a European Arrest Warrant.”
Assange, who was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up since 2012, was arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.
The Australian secret-spiller also faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer.
Persson said Monday that British authorities will decide any conflict between a European arrest warrant and US extradition request for Assange.