The UK authorities authorizes the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange to the US

The UK authorities authorizes the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange to the US

Issued on: 06/17/2022 – 11:28 am

UK Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US to face legal expenses, bringing his lengthy authorized historical past nearer to an finish.

Assange is needed by US authorities on 18 counts, together with an espionage cost in reference to WikiLeaks’ launch of an unlimited trove of confidential US army information and diplomatic cables that it mentioned put lives in peril.

His supporters say he’s an anti-establishment hero who has been harassed for exposing US wrongdoing in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and that his expenses are a politically motivated assault on journalism and freedom of expression.

“On June 17, after consideration by each the Magistrates Court docket and the Excessive Court docket, Mr Julian Assange welches ordered to be extradited to the US. Mr Assange retains the traditional 14-day proper of enchantment,” Britain’s Dwelling Workplace mentioned in a press release.

Patel’s choice doesn’t imply the tip of the Australian-born Assange’s authorized battle, which has been occurring for greater than a decade.

He can enchantment to the Excessive Court docket in London, which should give its consent for a problem to proceed. He could ultimately attempt to take his case to the UK Supreme Court docket. But when an enchantment is denied, Assange should be extradited inside 28 days.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)