Legal team to plead covid danger in Belmarsh prison for WikiLeaks co-founder
Julian Assange extradition ruling: what happens now?
After a British judge ruled that he should not be extradited to the U.S. to face allegations of spying and hacking government computers, Julian Assange will file a new application this week to be released from jail…. Although District Judge Vanessa Baraitser dismissed claims that Assange in the U.S. would not get a fair trial, she blocked extradition on the grounds that if held in isolation, the co-founder of WikiLeaks was at risk of taking his own life. She said if an inmate was willing to go through with it, it seemed difficult to avoid a suicide, referring twice to Jeffrey Epstein, the U.S. billionaire who took his own life at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August 2019 ahead of a trial on human trafficking and conspiracy charges. Assange will appear in court Wednesday for a fresh bail application while U.S. officials prepare to appeal the verdict. The verdict of Julian Assange extradition: right result, wrong explanation | Owen JonesContinueRead MoreHis legal team is expected to provide proof that Assange will not escape and will also refer to Covid-19 rates at the Belmarsh maximum security prison where he is being held, as well as conditions that are allegedly hazardous to his physical and mental health. Citing evidence of Assange’s fragile mental wellbeing from psychiatric professionals, Baraitser said Monday, “The overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes desperate man who is really scared of his future.”
I think that the mental state of Mr. Assange is such that extraditing him to the United States of America will be depressing,’ he said. “Among the supporters of Assange, there was dismay that the decision was focused purely on health considerations, with the judge claiming that she had no reason to suspect that Assange would be afforded “the normal constitutional and procedural protections” in the U.S. Sending Assange across the Atlantic would not breach an extradition bar for “political crimes,” Baraitser said. The charges against the 49-year-old related
In particular, all of Mr. Assange’s claims concerning political intent, political insult, due process, and freedom of expression were dismissed by the court. We will continue to pursue the extradition of Mr. Assange to the United States.’