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German MP mulls diplomatic solution to Assange case

(Xinhua)

09:32, September 03, 2012

LONDON, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- German lawmaker Sevim Dagdelen on Sunday visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and pledged to help find a diplomatic solution to end the dispute around the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks .

Dagdelen, a member of the German Bundestag who sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the lower house, spent the morning talking to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, and issued a statement outside the building at noon.

"We, as peace and freedom loving people in Germany and around the world are greatly indebted to Mr. Assange. He helped to uncover the war crimes in Iraq and in Afghanistan," Dagdelen said.

"We agreed that the key is the attitude of the British and the Swedish government," she said, adding that the Swedish Prosecution Authority has displayed a very contradictory attitude, and has denied Assange the opportunity to make full use of his right to a defence.

Dagdelen said she was worried that extraditing Assange to Sweden would trigger a chain of events that would lead eventually to his extradition to the United States, where he could face long-term imprisonment or even the death penalty.

The MP said she was planning to meet with British and Swedish diplomats in Berlin in order to discuss a solution to the crisis.

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