Julian Assange files appeal against extradition to the US


WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the United States where he would face criminal charges for various crimes, including espionage, his brother said this Friday, July 1. This could be the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade.

Assange, 50 years old, is required by the US authorities for 18 charges related to the publication by WikiLeaks of vast amounts of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables that Washington says put lives in danger.

Last month, Interior Minister Priti Patel approved his extradition and his office said British courts had concluded that his extradition would not be incompatible with human rights and that he would be treated appropriately.

Assange’s Australian-born legal team filed an appeal against that decision in the High Court, confirmed his brother Gabriel Shipton. The court must give its approval for the appeal to be heard, but the legal case is likely to take months to conclude.

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“We also urge the australian government to immediately intervene in the case to end this nightmare,” Shipton told Reuters.

The saga began in late 2010 when Sweden requested Assange’s extradition from Britain on sexual offense charges. When she lost that case in 2012, fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he spent seven years.

When he was finally dragged out in April 2019, it was jailed for breaching british bail conditions, although the Swedish case against him had been dismissed. He has been fighting extradition to the United States since June 2019 and remains in jail.

“We are going to fight this. We will use all avenues of appeal“his wife, Stella Assange, told reporters after Patel approved his extradition.

With information from Reuters

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