Julian Assange extradition order signed as US expenses loom

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AN order to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been signed by Priti Patel, the House Workplace has confirmed.

The journalist is going through espionage expenses within the US after leaking paperwork on the whistleblowing website the American authorities insists endanger its nationwide safety.

Assange has been residing in Britain since 2012 and was granted asylum by Ecuador, residing in its embassy in London till 2019.

He’s at present an inmate at HMP Belmarsh within the capital.

A House Workplace spokesperson mentioned: “Underneath the Extradition Act 2003, the Secretary of State should signal an extradition order if there are not any grounds to ban the order being made. Extradition requests are solely despatched to the House Secretary as soon as a choose decides it will probably proceed after contemplating numerous elements of the case.

“On 17 June, following consideration by each the Magistrates Court docket and Excessive Court docket, the extradition of Mr Julian Assange to the US was ordered. Mr Assange retains the conventional 14-day proper to enchantment.

“On this case, the UK courts haven’t discovered that it might be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of course of to extradite Mr Assange.

“Nor have they discovered that extradition could be incompatible along with his human rights, together with his proper to a good trial and to freedom of expression, and that while within the US he will probably be handled appropriately, together with in relation to his well being.”

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