Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Julian Assange’s extradition to US approved by UK Minister

United Kingdom (UK) Interior Minister Priti Patel has on Friday approved extradition of Julian Assange the founder of WikiLeaks to the US bringing to an end a long legal drama.

“On 17 June, following consideration by both the Magistrates Court and High Court, the extradition of Mr Julian Assange to the US was ordered. Mr Assange retains the normal 14-day right to appeal,”┬áSaid Mr. Priti

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In the US, Assange is set to face 18 counts including spying on the country, release of confidential US documents relating to the military and diplomats which exposed the lives of many through the famous WikiLeaks saga.

His arrest attracted a divided opinion with his supporters who term his as a hero who revealed America’s wrongdoings in handing both Afghanistan and Iraq’s conflicts. They continued by terming his prosecution as politically motivated.

The arrest is not the final blow for Julian Assange who can file a case before the London High Court blocking the move and consequently file another case before the UK Supreme Court if the first move fails.

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