Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, could appeal his extradition to a British court – Global News (Trending Perfect)


LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Julian Assange gestures as he speaks to the media from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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LONDON – A high court in London ruled on Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has the right to appeal against his extradition to the United States.

The judges allowed the appeal after finding that US guarantees about how Assange's case would be tried if he was extradited were insufficient. Assange's lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said on Monday that the appeal hearing could take months.

Assange is wanted in the United States Accusations of espionage He faces up to 175 years in prison. The accusations are linked to WikiLeaks publishing hundreds of thousands of leaked secret military diplomatic files about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In March, the Royal Courts of Justice in London said Assange would be allowed to pursue an appeal hearing if the United States did not provide “satisfactory assurances” on several key factors.

These conditions included that Assange would be able to rely on his First Amendment right to freedom of expression during the trial, and that, as an Australian, he would be afforded the same First Amendment protections as an American citizen. The British court also requested guarantees that Assange would not face the death penalty.

Fitzgerald told the court on Monday that the assurances provided by the United States regarding Assange's ability to rely on his First Amendment rights were “grossly inadequate,” Reuters reported.

Fitzgerald accepted the guarantee that Assange would not face the death penalty, and said the US had made an “unequivocal promise not to bring any capital charges.”

James Lewis, who represented the US authorities, said that any guarantees provided do not bind the courts, but they will study this clause and implement it as much as possible.

Protesters gathered outside the court in London on Monday in support of Assange, and cheers erupted when the judge's decision was announced, videos on social media showed. show up.

Throughout Assange's legal battle against extradition, which lasted more than a decade, the 52-year-old Assange spent seven years in self-imposed exile inside the Ecuadorian embassy in the UK and nearly five years in a maximum security prison near London.



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