Wednesday, April 20, 2022

U.K. Judge Approves Julian Assange's Extradition To U.S.

WikiLeaks Founder, Julian Assange, is a step closer to getting Extradited to the U.S.

A Judge in the U.K. on Wednesday, Approved Assange's Extradition to the U.S., meaning the Next step is for Britain's Interior Minister, to make a Decision on it.

Assange faces Charges of Espionage, Stemming from the Publication of Classified Material by WikiLeaks, and he has been in Custody since 2019.

A Judge had previously said it would be "oppressive" to Extradite Assange to the U.S. due to his "mental condition."

But the U.S. then offered "assurances" that he would receive "appropriate clinical and psychological treatment" and would Not be held in Maximum Security Prison.

A Court in the U.K. granted Assange's Extradition in December 2021, and in March 2022, the U.K. Supreme Court Denied him Permission to Appeal because his "application does not raise an arguable point of law."

After the Judge's Approval on Wednesday, U.K.'s Home Secretary, Priti Patel, will decide whether to Grant the Extradition.

The Extradition Order must now be signed by Patel, after which, Assange can try to Challenge the Decision by Judicial Review.

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