A UN Panel considering the "unlawful detainment" of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in an embassy in Knightsbridge has ruled in his favour.
Mr Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy over alleged sexual assault claims and has not left the building since 2012.
The panel examined the case after he complained to them in 2014 that he was being "arbitrarily detained" as he could not leave without being arrested.
In a stalemate, British and Swedish authorities have said there is still a warrant for his arrest and they are still obliged to arrest him should he walk out, despite the panel's ruling.
The panel of legal experts do not have a formal authority over the British police and the UK police have said his arrest will go ahead.
In a statement published by Wikileaks early on Thursday, Mr Assange said he expected to be able to walk free if the British and Swedish authorities fail to receive UN approval for extradition.
The UN's Working Group is due to announce the findings of its investigation into Mr Assange's case on Friday (January 5).
Asylum in the Embassy
An Australian national, Assange took asylum in the Embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him over rape allegations.
He was accused of two counts of sexual molestation, unlawful coercion and rape by Swedish prosecutors over events in August 2012.
He was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in December 2010.
But, under Swedish law, an investigation has to close within a certain amount of time after the alleged incident and only the rape charge remains, expiring in 2020.
He fled justice, denied the claims and said, once he was arrested, the US would try him over leaks of state secrets by his website.