`Julian Assange is neither pirate nor terrorist`

Famed former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon says he agreed to represent Julian Assange free of charge because the case affects human rights.

Updated: Aug 04, 2012, 10:53 AM IST

Quito: Famed former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon says Julian Assange is neither a pirate nor a terrorist.

He says he agreed to represent the WikiLeaks founder free of charge because the case affects human rights, democracy and free expression.

Garzon spoke to reporters in Ecuador yesterday with Assange`s mother, Christine.

Assange took refuge in Ecuador`s London embassy on June 19, seeking political asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

Garzon says the extradition would be tantamount to sending him to the United States, where supporters fear a grand jury has secretly indicted him for spilling US secrets.

Ecuador says it will announce its decision on Assange`s request after the London Olympics end.

PTI