A UN panel considering the alleged “unlawful detention” of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has ruled in his favour, BBC reports.
He took refuge in London’s Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims.
In 2014 he complained to the panel he was being “arbitrarily detained” as he could not leave without being arrested.
A warrant for his arrest remains in place and UK police said he will be arrested if he does leave the embassy.
The UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is due to announce the findings of its investigation into Assange’s case on Friday.
Its panel of legal experts, which has taken evidence from the UK and Sweden, has made previous rulings on whether imprisonment or detention is lawfulIt does not have any formal influence over the British and Swedish authorities and the UK Foreign Office said it still had an obligation to extradite Assange.