UK High Court Rules Assange Can Be Extradited to US 

 

The US has won an appeal in London’s High Court to have Wikileaks founder Julian Assange extradited on spying charges. In January, UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled against extraditing Assange to the US, but the US Department of Justice appealed her decision to the London High Court.
In January, a British judge ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States because of the strong risk that he might commit suicide in prison there. The 50-year-old Australian national faces life in prison if convicted in a US court on espionage charges.
The US government has won its appeal in the London High Court to have Julian Assange extradited to the United States, with a judge overturning a lower court’s decision to block the extradition.

“The court allows the appeal,” Lord Justice Timothy Holroyde announced in a Friday hearing.

The decision opens the door for Assange’s extradition, but his defence attorneys maintain the right to appeal the Court of Appeal’s verdict.

Mr. Assange’s fiancee, Stella Moris, called Friday’s ruling a “grave miscarriage of justice,” and vowed that “we will appeal this decision at the earliest possible moment.”

 

 

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