On Monday, the High Court in London granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange an opportunity to appeal to the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court against his extradition to the United States.
Assange’s request was submitted after last December, the same High Court in London accepted an appeal filed by the United States against the conviction of the criminal court in London that denied extradition to US territory. In order to appeal to the Supreme Court, however, a case must be treated as “of concern to the general public”, and its admissibility must be decided by the High Court, as it did on Monday.
Assange’s colleague Stella Morris said she would go straight to British Interior Minister Priti Patel to avoid extradition if the High Court dismissed the appeal.
In May 2019, Assange was charged with soliciting, collecting and publishing US military and diplomatic documents in the United States for violating the Espionage Act, a 1917 anti-espionage law. The United States requested his extradition, but in January 2021 the London Criminal Court denied the request, citing the health conditions of Assange, who suffers from depression and who, according to psychiatrists, had visited him in prison. Will have suicidal tendencies. The United States then filed an appeal in the London High Court, which upheld it. Now the Supreme Court has to decide on this matter.
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