Julian Assange may pursue extradition challenge to US, high court rules

by | Mar 26, 2024

On Tuesday, the High Court in London granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange permission to proceed with his challenge against extradition to the United States on espionage charges.

The court ruled that Assange could proceed with his appeal in a full hearing, provided that the U.S. offered “satisfactory assurances” regarding his ability to invoke the First Amendment of the Constitution and his potential exposure to the death penalty. Additionally, the court emphasized that Assange should not face prejudice during his trial or sentencing based on his nationality.

Assange's legal team has asserted that he could potentially face a sentence of up to 175 years in prison if convicted. However, American authorities have indicated that the actual sentence is expected to be considerably shorter than that.

In 2021, a British district court judge rejected the extradition request for Assange, citing a genuine and “oppressive” risk of suicide. However, U.S. authorities successfully appealed the decision the following year after providing assurances about Assange's treatment if extradited. This included a commitment that he could potentially be transferred to his native Australia to serve his sentence.

Last month, the Australian parliament urged for Assange to be permitted to return to his homeland. Officials have been actively lobbying the U.S. to drop the extradition efforts or seek a diplomatic resolution that would facilitate Assange's return to Australia.

Assange has remained in British custody, initially for breaching bail conditions and subsequently for the ongoing extradition hearings.

Source: NBC News

 

 

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