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British court to rule on Assange’s extradition to US

London, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) London's High Court will rule in a two-day hearing whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the United States, Sky News reported on Tuesday.

According to the source, the US Government intends to try the Australian journalist on spying charges, which faces up to 175 years in prison.

Assange, 52, has been fighting extradition from Great Britain to the United States since 2019, where he faces spying charges for publishing hundreds of thousands of leaked documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and diplomatic cables in 2010 and 2011.

The United Kingdom approved Assange’s extradition in 2022, which he has since tried but failed to revoke.

His lawyers say it violates the treaty between the British judiciary and the United States, which prohibits extradition for political reasons.

If the High Court again rejects the appeal, the judicial option will be exhausted, and the extradition order will take effect. Assange can only appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

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