Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to fend off extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault. If he left the embassy he would be arrested. Assange fears he would be extradited to the U.S. if he were sent to Sweden.
In 2014, he lodged a complaint with the UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention claiming he was being “arbitrarily detained.” The panel will announce their ruling on this on Friday.
Their decision on whether Assange has been unlawfully “detained” carries no legal force in the U.K. or Sweden, and the U.K. government still intends to extradite him.
Assange said on Thursday that he will agree to be arrested by British police if the UN panel does not rule in his favor.