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UK: Julian Assange : No Extradition to the US

Monday 4 January 2021, by siawi3

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julian-assange-news-live-wikileaks-extradition-us-b1781919.html

No Extradition to the US

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Julian Assange news - live: WikiLeaks founder will not face ‘oppressive’ extradition to US, UK court rules

The 49-year-old would have faced a total of 17 charges of espionage and computer hacking in the US
Chantal Da Silva

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven out of Southwark Crown Court in London on May 1, 2019. Whether he will be extradited to the US will be decided in a UK court on Monday, 4 January, 2020.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be lawfully extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks due to his mental health and suicide risk, a UK judge has ruled.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said that the isolated conditions Assange would likely to face in the US meant that extradition would be “oppressive”.

Assange, 49, would face a total of 17 charges of espionage and computer hacking in the US after he enflamed Washington by publishing documents revealing the grim realities of the so-called “war on terror”.

If extradited, the WikiLeaks founder could have been sentenced to as many as 175 years in a high security jail.

British district judge Vanessa Baraitser delivered her ruling at London’s Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey.

She said Assange would be kept in custody, ahead of an appeal expected from the US.

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Key Points

Assange will not be extradited to US over health concerns, judge rules
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Assange could face sentence of up to 175 years if extradited

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US press freedom foundation says ruling ‘huge relief’ for ‘rights of journalists’

US non-profit Freedom of the Press Foundation has welcomed the decision against extraditing Julian Assange as a “huge relief to anyone who cares about the rights of journalists".

“The case against Julian Assange is the most dangerous threat to US press freedom in decades. This is a huge relief to anyone who cares about the rights of journalists,” the non-profit said in a tweet.

“The extradition request was not decided on press freedom grounds; rather, the judge essentially ruled the US prison system was too repressive to extradite. However, the result will protect journalists everywhere,” it added.
Chantal Da Silva4 January 2021 11:29
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Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott applauds ‘excellent ruling’

Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has applauded the decision not to allow the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as an “excellent ruling”.

“Congratulations to all the dogged campaigners on Assange’s behalf,” she said in a tweet.
Chantal Da Silva4 January 2021 11:27
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Crowd cheers outside Old Bailey over Assange ruling

A crowd of people waiting outside the Old Bailey to hear the court decision on whether Julian Assange should be extradited to the US cheered as news broke that district judge Vanessa Baraitser had ruled against the extradition.

“Victory!” one woman could be heard shouting outside the courthouse in video shared on social media.

Meanwhile, others cheered in a crowd, where many appeared to not be wearing face masks or practicing social distancing measures.
Chantal Da Silva4 January 2021 11:23
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Assange to be kept in custody ahead of expected appeal

Julian Assange is expected to be kept in custody, ahead of an appeal expected from the US, district judge Vanessa Baraitser has said.

The WikiLeaks founder is meeting with his lawyers and then court will resume at around 11.45am.
Chantal Da Silva4 January 2021 11:13
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Julian Assange will not be extradited to US to face charges over Wikileaks, judge rules

Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks, our Home Affairs and Security Correspondent Lizzie Dearden reports.

Read her breaking coverage from court on what WikiLeaks has called the biggest press freedom case in decades:
Julian Assange will not be extradited to US to face charges over Wikileaks, judge rules

Julian Assange cannot be lawfully extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks because of his mental health and suicide risk, a judge has ruled.

Chantal Da Silva4 January 2021 11:06
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No extradition due to health and suicide risk

The judge has ruled against extraditing Julian Assange to the US due to the potential risks to his health and well-being.
Chantal Da Silva4 January 2021 11:01