More than 70 lawmakers in Britain have urged the government to extradite Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange, to Sweden if the rape charge against him is reopened.
The Australian is also wanted in the United States for leaking hundreds of government secrets.
However, a group of British politicians in the United Kingdom, mostly from the Labour Party, has urged the government against prioritizing Assange’s extradition to the US.
In a letter written to Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the MPs urged him to “give every assistance to Sweden should they want to revive and pursue the investigation.”
Assange was arrested on Thursday, after Ecuador withdrew his political asylum, and permission to stay at the country’s embassy in London.
The Australian had been there for seven years, to avoid rape allegation in Sweden, which he denies, along with charges for jumping bail in Britain.
The lawmakers’ letter said that the rape charge was only dropped due to the Wikileaks founder’s unavailability. They added that Swedish prosecutors were considering reopening the case.
“The allegation of rape has a limitation period which expires in August 2020,” the letter signed by Labour MP Stella Creasy and others warned.
“There is a serious risk that if the UK does not give every cooperation to any renewed request by Sweden, there could be a further injustice.”
Their letter followed demand by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that Britain should reject Washington’s petition against Assange .
Corbyn warned on Friday, that Assange should not be extradited “for exposing evidence of atrocities by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.”