But within 60 days from Thursday, when British police bundled Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he had taken refuge seven years ago, US authorities must submit a formal request outlining all the legal charges Assange would face if he is transferred into USA custody.
More than 70 British lawmakers have urged the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
He spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012 when he failed in his legal battle against extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted over two separate allegations - one of rape and one of molestation. However, much of the coverage focused on the US request for his extradition on a single charge of conspiring with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal military secrets.
Relations with his Ecuadoran hosts gradually soured and new pro-US President Lenin Moreno on Thursday pulled his asylum and permitted British police to remove Assange.
The letter, from mainly Labour MPS and Peers, appears to mark a growing division within the party over its attitude to Assange, coming after Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott criticised any moves to extradite him to the US.
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A preliminary investigation against Mr Assange, 47, was dropped in 2017, however the alleged victim's lawyer has stated "we will do everything we can" to resume the case.
According to the Home Office, the home secretary can bring a limited number of factors into consideration when deciding whether to order a person's extradition. The U.S.is seeking Assange's extradition.
Assange's attorneys fear that in case of his handover to the United States, he may face up to 35 years in jail or capital punishment.
Assange denies both allegations.
He could receive up to a year in prison when sentenced at an as yet undetermined later date.
"Regardless of where you stand on this, he must face these allegations in Sweden and clear his name if he thinks he's innocent", Maajid said.
He said a Grand Jury investigation included charges which could lead to decades in prison or even the death penalty under the Espionage Act 1917, although UK Government policy is to block extradition to countries where suspects might face capital punishment. He feared that if he was taken to Sweden, he would be handed to the U.S. authorities.