He's been arrested for jumping bail. He was on bail facing extradition for rape and sexual molestation charges. He sought asylum the moment he knew he would have to face those charges.
So you're correct. Seeking asylum isn't the same as being above the law. It's the same as avoiding being subject to the law. I can't say I see the distinction as being especially material.
Just to be precise the actual charge is that he was accused of having sex without a condom without telling his partner.
> On 18 November 2010, Marianne Ny ordered the detention of Julian Assange on suspicion of rape, three cases of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.
Are you saying that that's not true? I don't speak Swedish so I can't go back to the actual documentation to check myself.
Feigning ignorance of the obvious doesn't help anyone
Bit like how in the US resisting arrest is a crime itself even if there was no legal grounds for the attempted arrest.
Sex with a toddler is rape. Sex with a passed-out person you run across is rape. Sex with a blindfolded person who's into bondage but expecting someone else is rape.
If someone says they're only willing to have sex with a condom, and you secretly remove that condom, you're having non-consensual sex, i.e. rape.