British justice authorizes Julian Assange to appeal his extradition to the United States (

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Julian Assange has “ won a victory », Estimate its defenders. In any case, he obtained a reprieve in his fight against his extradition from the United Kingdom, the judges of the High Court in London having granted him permission to appeal.

At the end of March, the two judges of the High Court in London gave the US justice system a deadline to guarantee that the founder of WikiLeaks would benefit, in the event of extradition, from the protection due to journalists for some of the accusations against him. But also the protection granted by the First Amendment.

The (possible) new US assurances were to be examined by the High Court of Justice this Monday, May 20. Gold, abstract The Guardian, US lawyers failed to convince judges that their country could provide Julian Assange with appropriate guarantees that he will:

« authorized to invoke the First Amendment, that the applicant will not be prejudiced at trial, including at sentencing, because of his nationality, that he will enjoy the same protections of the First Amendment as a United States citizen, and that the death penalty will not be imposed »

A “victory” for the defenders of Julian Assange

Julian Assange's defense team did not dispute the US assurance that he would not face the death penalty, acknowledging that it was a " unambiguous promise from the executive ". Conversely, American justice recognized that Julian Assange could rely on the First Amendment, but without promising that he could benefit from it, reports The world.

British justice did not consider that sufficient guarantees had been provided, Julian Assange will therefore be able to benefit from a hearing to appeal, on the merits, his extradition.

Supporters of WikiLeaks succeeded at the microphone, at the beginning of the afternoon, to celebrate what they describe as “ victory ". They welcome the fact that British justice also refuses to “ believe » the assurances provided by the USA.

“Enough is enough”: Australia calls for charges to be dropped

They also call Joe Biden, like around twenty NGOs – including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and RSF – to drop charges against the Australian founder of WikiLeaks.

Last month, the American president indicated that his administration had agreed to examine the request made by Australia to drop the charges against its famous national.

The Australian Parliament adopted a motion asking to put an end to it. The text argues that “ the Australian government and opposition have publicly stated that this case has gone on for too long "And" stresses the importance for the UK and US to bring this matter to an end so that Mr Assange can return home to his country ».

« This case can't go on forever ", declared the Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, emphasizing that Australians of all stripes agree that " enough is enough ”, and indicating that he had raised the case of Mr. Assange “ at the highest level » in Great Britain and the United States.

Locked up for 12 years, incarcerated for 5 years

If British justice ultimately sends him to the United States, he will have one last resort: to go to the European Court of Human Rights. This can, in the event of “imminent risk of irreparable harm”, pronounce “provisional measures”, such as a suspension of extradition, remember Libération.

Faced with 18 charges, including 17 under the Espionage Act of 1917, Julian Assange faces up to 175 years in prison, and probably « at least 30 to 40 years old » according to his lawyers. American prosecutors, for their part, declared that it would not be “ no more than 63 months » [editor’s note: 5 years and 3 months].

The 52-year-old Australian, whose health (including mental health) has continued to deteriorate in recent years, has been locked up for 12 years: from 2012 to 2019 in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was was a refugee after breaking the electronic bracelet he had to wear since late 2010, and in Belmarsh high security prison for five years.





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