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Pérez Esquivel asks the United Kingdom to block Assange´s extradition

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Pérez Esquivel asks the United Kingdom to block Assange´s extradition

London, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel asked the British government to block the extradition of WikiLeaks´ founder Julian Assange to the US, sources close to the case reported.
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According to the Campaign against the extradition of Assange, the Argentine intellectual sent a letter in English to the United Kingdom Home Secretary, Priti Patel, who has in her hands the Australian journalist´s future since the London Supreme Court overturned last April a previous verdict against his transfer to US territory.

After recalling that the first instance judge opoosed Assange´s extradition for fear that his precarious mental health would induce him to commit suicide in a US prison, Pérez Esquivel warned Patel that there could be potentially fatal consequences for the cyberactivist if the UK decies to hand him over to the US justice system.

The Us intends to try the journalist for publishing in WekiLeaks secret files exposing war crimes committed by its military in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands of compromising documents for US diplomacy.

If tried and found guilty by a US court, Assange, who has been held in a British maximun security prison since his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April 2019, could be sentenced to 175 years in prison on the 17 charges against him.

The Argetine intellectual, winner of te Nobel Prize in 1980, considered, however, that Whashington´s request is illegal and abusive, so he urged the Minister of the Interior to defend the rule of law and reject the extradition.

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