21 June 2012 06:12 ET
Ecuador is examining the asylum case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the country’s president has said.
Rafael Correa said Ecuador would make a “sovereign decision” after examining what danger there was to his life.
But he said his country would need to be cautious over the matter.
Mr Assange is at the country’s London embassy, where he is seeking diplomatic asylum to prevent him being sent to Sweden to answer accusations of rape and assault, which he denies.
Ecuador’s government has said it will make a decision on Mr Assange shortly.
Police say he faces arrest in the UK for breaching his bail conditions.
Mr Assange, 40, whose conditions include staying at his bail address between 22:00 and 08:00 BST, spent a second night at the embassy on Wednesday.
His website has published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments and international businesses.
Mr Assange fears if he is sent to Sweden it could lead to him being sent to the United States to face charges over Wikileaks, for which he could face the death penalty.
Speaking to BBC Mundo, the Ecuadorean president said: “Ecuador defends the right to live and we will have to check if there is danger of death [for Mr Assange].”
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correra says they are looking seriously and responsibly at the request
He said that for some of the crimes Mr Assange has been accused of, he could face capital punishment if ever sent to the US.
Mr Correa added: “If there has been a breach of law [by Julian Assange], he should be prosecuted.
“But we have to be cautious in case they are making things up for an improper prosecution. We must analyse all that.”
Last Thursday, seven judges at the UK’s Supreme Court dismissed Mr Assange’s attempt to reopen his extradition appeal as being “without merit”.
Two female ex-Wikileaks volunteers alleged in 2010 that he had attacked them while he was in Stockholm to give a lecture. No charges have been filed.
Mr Assange claims the sex was consensual and that the allegations are politically motivated.
The Australian has until 28 June to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. His lawyer, Dinah Rose QC, said he was considering whether to do this.
Swedish authorities have said the ECHR would intervene if Mr Assange was to face the prospect of “inhuman or degrading treatment or an unfair trial” in the US.
As part of Mr Assange’s bail conditions, securities totalling £200,000 were lodged at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
A further £40,000 put up as sureties are thought to have been provided by socialite Jemima Khan and film director Ken Loach, who each offered £20,000.
Lawyers say bail would be forfeited only if Mr Assange failed to turn up for a scheduled court appearance.
On Wednesday, Ecuador – whose president has previously clashed with Washington and is a fan of Wikileaks – said it would consult the UK, Sweden and the US before deciding on Mr Assange’s asylum request.
UK government representatives met the Ecuadorian Ambassador Anna Alban at the Foreign Office on Wednesday for talks Ms Alban described as “cordial and constructive”.
Rafael Correa was born on April 6th, 1963 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Correa
April 6th, 1963
4 + 6 +1+9+6+3 = 29 = his life lesson = Teamwork. Cooperation.
April 6th, 1963
4 + 6 +2+0+1+2 = 15 = his personal year (from April 6th, 2012 to April 5th, 2013) = Inhuman or degrading treatment.
15 year + 6 (June) = 21 = his personal month (from June 6th, 2012 to July 5th, 2012) = Seeing the big picture. On the world stage. For all the world to see.
21 month + 21 (21st of the month on Thursday June 21st, 2012) = 42 = his personal day = Relationships. Mr Assange claims the sex was consensual.
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