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Wikileaks Founder Should Be Extradited: US Lawyers Tell UK Court

Julian Assange, who denies any wrongdoing, is being held at UK’s Belmarsh Jail.

Legal professionals for the USA launched a recent try on Wednesday to have Julian Assange extradited from Britain, arguing that considerations across the WikiLeaks founder’s psychological well being shouldn’t forestall him from dealing with US justice.

The 50-year-old Australian is needed in the USA on 18 felony costs, together with breaking a spying regulation, after his group printed 1000’s of secret categorised recordsdata and diplomatic cables in 2010.

Lawyer James Lewis, performing for the US authorities, informed the Court docket of Enchantment in London {that a} choose in a decrease courtroom had been incorrect to rule that Assange couldn’t be extradited due to a excessive danger he would commit suicide in a US jail.

A doc outlining Lewis’s arguments, offered to the courtroom and launched to media, stated the USA had offered Britain with “a bundle of assurances” addressing the choose’s considerations.

“The USA has additionally offered an assurance that the USA will consent to Mr Assange being transferred to Australia to serve any custodial sentence imposed on him,” the doc stated.

Supporters of Assange gathered exterior the courtroom constructing from early on Wednesday, chanting “free Julian Assange”, earlier than his father and Stella Moris, his companion and mom of his two youngsters, arrived.

Assange, who denies any wrongdoing, is being held at Belmarsh Jail. He had been anticipated to seem through video hyperlink however the courtroom was informed he didn’t really feel properly sufficient to take action.

The listening to is the most recent stage in a authorized battle that has been raging since 2012.

WikiLeaks got here to prominence when it started to publish huge troves of confidential US army information and diplomatic cables which the US says put lives at risk.

Quickly afterwards Sweden sought Assange’s extradition from Britain over allegations of intercourse crimes. When he misplaced a case in opposition to extradition in 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorean embassy in London and stayed there earlier than being lastly dragged out in April 2019.

Assange was then jailed for breaching British bail circumstances, though the Swedish case in opposition to him had been dropped, and the US authorities sought his extradition.

On Jan 4, a British choose rejected his argument that the case was political and an assault on freedom of speech, however stated he shouldn’t be extradited as a result of his psychological well being issues meant he could be prone to suicide in a US jail.

Supporters see Assange as an anti-establishment hero who has been victimised as a result of he uncovered US wrongdoing in Afghanistan and Iraq and say his prosecution is a politically motivated assault on journalism and free speech.

US prosecutors and Western safety officers regard him as a reckless enemy of the state whose actions threatened the lives of brokers named within the leaked materials.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by The Press Reporter employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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