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London court allows Assange's extradition to the USA

20.04.2022, 15:19
Photo credit: Techly
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On April 20, a court in London (Great Britain) allowed the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the USA, where he is facing long term imprisonment.

Radio Liberty reports this, citing AP.

The extradition decision is going to be approved by Home Secretary Priti Patel. Assange's lawyers will have an opportunity to provide arguments against his extradition to the US, and, in case the decision is approved, to contest it in court.

Assange's extradition case has been passed to Westminster Magistrate's Court after the Supreme Court in London revoked their earlier decision against extraditing the WikiLeaks founder to the US authorities.

The US Prosecutor's Office had pressed 17 espionage charges against Assange, as well as one charge for uploading thousands of military and diplomatic documents on WikiLeaks.

Assange, 50, is being detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in London.

As IMI has reported, on December 10, 2021, the Supreme Court of London revoked a lower court's decision and allowed the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the USA.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on April 11, 2019, after spending 7 years at Equador Embassy in London. He is now being held in a British prison for the breach of bail conditions.

In July 2021, the Court of Equador revoked Julian Assange's citizenship.

On February 24, 2020, Woolwich Crown Court in London began hearings regarding the extradition of Julian Assange to the USA, where he is faced with 175 years of imprisonment.

The USA seek Assange's extrasition due to charges of illegal publication of classified material, namely the names of classified sources, as well as colluding with an ex-military analyst, former private Chelsea Manning for access to classified information.

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