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UK deputies sign motion against Assange’s extradition

London, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) More than 20 British deputies have signed a motion so far asking the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, to reject the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to the United States.

The motion was presented this week to Parliament by five legislators and warned that Assange might spend the rest of his life in a US prison for practicing journalism in the United Kingdom.

It also points out that his work included exposing war crimes and human rights violations committed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the Guantanamo prison, and that his extradition would have a “chilling” impact on freedom of expression.

Last week, the Westminster Magistrates Court remitted the extradition order to the Home Secretary, after the High Court in London accepted an appeal against an initial verdict against Assange being sent to the United States for fear that he would attack his life.

Subsequently, the British Supreme Court denied Assange the right to appeal that decision, so the case passed ex officio to Patel.

Following the court’s decision to leave Assange’s fate in Patel’s hands, dozens of human rights organizations and the journalistic guild redoubled their demands on the British Conservative government to release Assange from his confinement in a London maximum security prison since April 2019.


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