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Assange appeals to British Supreme Court extradition verdict to US

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Assange appeals to British Supreme Court extradition verdict to US

London, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed today with the British Supreme Court an appeal request against the verdict of a lower court that gave green light to his extradition to the United States.
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According to Stella Moris, sentimental partner of the Australian journalist, the procedure was presented before the highest court of the United Kingdom at 11:05 local time (same GMT) this Thursday.

On December 10, judges of the High Court of London reversed the decision of a magistrate of first instance who last January blocked the extradition, considering that Assange could commit suicide if he was imprisoned in the United States.

Explaining his verdict, Judge Timothy Holroyde said he was satisfied with the promise made by US prosecutors that the WikiLeaks founder would not be locked up in a maximum security prison or subjected to extreme measures of isolation.

Moris, a lawyer by profession, explained that according to British law, for the Supreme Court to accept the appeal, the same judges who approved his extradition must certify that at least one of the arguments in the petition is based on a matter of importance. general public.

She added that it is unknown how long it will take for the court to decide whether or not to accept the appeal, but she considered that it would never be before the third week of next January.

Assange has been incarcerated in Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison in southeast London since the Ecuadorian government handed him over to British authorities in April 2019.

Sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for violating a bond imposed in 2012, the British justice decided to keep him in prison until the conclusion of the extradition process initiated by Washington, which wants to try him for revealing war crimes committed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands of cables with secrets of American diplomacy.

If extradited to the United States, Assange could be sentenced to a total of 175 years in prison, based on the 17 charges of violation of the US espionage law that are charged with him.

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