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Stella Assange - 'astounded' by courts delay

Stella Assange – ‘astounded’ by courts delay

Stella Assange – ‘astounded’ by courts delay – further wait for decision

Stella Assange – ‘astounded’ by courts delay

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces a further wait to find out whether he can bring an appeal against his extradition to the US.

UK judges are seeking further assurances on his case from the US and have adjourned their decision until 20 May.

Two judges at the High Court in London said they would give the United States government three weeks,  This to provide assurances that Mr Assange could rely on the First Amendment to the US constitution (which protects free speech).  And that Assange would not be prejudiced at trial or sentence by reason of his Australian nationality.  Also, nor would Julian be sentenced to death if convicted.

Julian Assange’s wife Stella says she is “astounded” by the court’s decision to delay her husband’s appeal.

The WikiLeaks founder faces extradition over an alleged conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.  This following the publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

In a January 2021 ruling, then-district judge Vanessa Baraitser said that Mr Assange should not be sent to America.  Citing a real and “oppressive” risk of suicide, while ruling against him on all other issues.

But later that year, US authorities won their High Court bid to overturn this block, paving the way towards his extradition.

During a two-day hearing in February, lawyers for the 52-year-old asked for the go-ahead to challenge the original judge’s dismissal of other parts of his case to prevent his extradition.

Julian Assange is described as one of the most significant journalists and publishers.


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