Assange costs Britain Rs 9.3 lakh a day

Oct 03, 2012, 07:11 IST | Agencies

The police bill for staking out the embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is evading justice has already reached more than �1 million (Rs 8.4 crore).

Scotland Yard confirmed it is costing £11,000 (Rs 9.3 lakh) every day to ensure the Australian does not flee his bolthole at the Ecuadorean Embassy.

The final bill could be much more as the 41-year-old continues to defy extradition to Sweden where he is suspected of sexually assaulting two women.

A costly affair: There are three officers constanly on watch outside the embassy. File Pic

Officers have been watching the property in Knightsbridge, west London, since Assange breached his bail and claimed asylum in June.

London Mayor Boris Johnson confirmed the bill between June 20 and September 10 was £905,000. If the costs continued at the average of £11,000 a day the total would now be over £1.1 million.  

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