Julian Assange may appeal in the case of extradition to the US

The British justice granted this Monday an appeal to Julian Assange in the case of extradition to the United States

Julian Assange, arrested in 2019 by the British police after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, obtained this Monday an opportunity to appeal in his extradition case to the United States.

The British justice system reached this decision at the beginning of the week, which will allow Assange to appeal in this case, where it is presumed that if he were deported his life would be in danger.

“On March 26, the British judges asked the American authorities to guarantee that the 52-year-old Australian could benefit from the First Amendment of the Constitution, which protects freedom of expression, and that he would not be sentenced to the death penalty. ”.

Assange’s defense lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, accepted the US government’s assurances that the accused would not be sentenced to the death penalty. On the other hand, however, “he questioned whether his client could rely on the First Amendment of the American Constitution. It covers freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”

Before the British authorities, the representative of the United States government, James Lewis, pointed out that Assange’s conduct was not protected by the First Amendment and added that it does not apply to anyone “in relation to the publication of national defense information.” obtained illegally, indicating the names of innocent sources due to their serious and imminent risk of harm.”

Regarding the court’s ruling, which allows a new appeal, Amnesty International indicated that it is “rare positive news for Julian Assange and all defenders of press freedom.”


Source: larazon

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