Date set for next hearing on Julian Assange’s extradition — Analysis

WikiLeaks claims that a UK court will ordain Assange’s extradition to the USA on April 20

Westminster Magistrates’ Court will convene on April 20 and issue the order to extradite Assange to the United states, WikiLeaks saidThis Saturday. Priti Patel (UK Home secretary) will review the order and approve it.  

Last month, Wikileaks founder Wikileaks was not allowed to appeal the US decision to extradite Wikileaks to face US espionage accusations. His case was dismissed by the UK Supreme Court. “didn’t raise an arguable point of law.”Amnesty International described this decision as “a blow to Assange and justice.”

“Prolonged solitary confinement is a key feature of life for many people in US maximum security prisons and amounts to torture or other ill treatment under international law,” said Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s deputy research director for Europe. “The ban on torture and other ill-treatment is absolute and empty promises of fair treatment such as those offered by the USA in the Assange case threaten to profoundly undermine that international prohibition.”  

After the court’s decision, the case was expected to be turned over to Priti Patel, who is ultimately to decide whether or not Assange will be sent to the US to face up to 175 years in prison. 

Assange is currently being kept in London’s maximum security Belmarsh prison following his arrest in April 2019. He had previously spent seven years locked inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, before a new government in Quito revoked his asylum. 

Stella Moris and Assange had two children on March 23, 1993. It was held inside the prison. Only a few people were permitted to attend. 

Assange gets married in prison

Moris stated that she believes the authorities fear for people “will see Julian as a human being. Not a name, but a person.”  

“Their fear reveals that they want Julian to remain invisible to the public at all costs, even on his wedding day, and especially on his wedding day. For him to disappear from public consciousness,”Moris wrote in an article by The Guardian.

Since 2010, Julian Assange was a US target after Wikileaks published cables from the State Department and Pentagon documents detailing alleged war crimes by US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Espionage Act charges him with trying to hack Pentagon computer systems. 

Assange denies all charges, while his legal team asserts that he was not under US jurisdiction and engaged in legal journalism. They also deny allegations of conspiring to hack Pentagon computers, insisting that the case is based on discredited testimony of the convicted Icelandic criminal ‘Siggi the Hacker’.

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