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'Assange will not get safe passage out of UK'

•, Al Jazeera and agencies

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that the United Kingdom will not allow Julian Assange safe passage out of the country, but his lawyer has said that prosecutors from Sweden, where he faces questioning in a sexual assault case, should travel to London to conduct their work.

Hague said on Thursday that Britain would not grant Assange safe passage because "there is no legal basis for us to do so" and that he was wanted in Sweden to answer allegations of "serious sexual offenses".

He said the extradition had nothing to do with the work of WikiLeaks or with a desire by US authorities to try him for publishing diplomatic secrets but rather a case in which two Swedish women have filed complaints against Assange for sexual assault.

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