British court to rule on Assange’s extradition

A British court will consider this week the fate of Julian Assange, who is the founder of the website Wikileaks. The court will decide whether Assange will be extradited to the United States (US) on charges of hacking and theft addressed to him.

The two-day trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday (27/10) at London’s High Court.

US prosecutors appealed a British district court ruling in January that ruled Assange would not be extradited because of the possibility he would commit suicide in a US prison equipped with maximum security.

That assumption has been questioned by the prosecution, said lawyer Nick Vamos, former head of extradition affairs at the UK’s Royal Prosecution Service, who is now a partner at law firm Peters & Peters.

“What the US government is doing now is providing specific guarantees about how, where and under what conditions Assange will be detained. So, as long as his health condition and risk of suicide don’t change, you can assume that the US government has complied with the requirements set by the previous district judge,” Vamos told reporters. FLY.

Other developments since the ruling in January could also have an impact on the case. Sigurdur Thordarson, a former Wikileaks insider who later became an FBI informant, said he fabricated the evidence used by the prosecution.

Meanwhile, last month Yahoo News published a story accusing the CIA of plotting the kidnapping and murder of Assange in 2017 when he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Yahoo said the news was based on interviews with 30 former US intelligence and national security officials.

Supporters of Julian Assange hold placards reading support for the Wikileaks founder during a protest outside the High Court building in London on August 11, 2021. The demonstration takes place as the appeals court on Assange's extradition to the US is held.  (Photo: AFP)

Supporters of Julian Assange hold placards reading support for the Wikileaks founder during a protest outside the High Court building in London on August 11, 2021. The demonstration takes place as the appeals court on Assange’s extradition to the US is held. (Photo: AFP)

Vamos said the defense would claim there was a political motivation behind Assange’s extradition request.

“There will be an argument, if the CIA, which is an arm of the US government, is ready to kill itself, then you really cannot trust the other arm, namely the Department of Justice, that they will act fairly and prosecute according to human rights standards. and what we consider a fair trial,” Vamos said.

The CIA and US attorneys who are appealing the extradition case have yet to comment on the news released by Yahoo that.

Former CIA director and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on broadcast podcast with Megyn Kelly last September said all actions taken were “in accordance with U.S. law.”

“We really want to hold accountable people who violate US laws, who violate requirements to protect information and attempt to steal it. There’s a deep legal framework for that, and we’re taking steps that are in line with US law to achieve that,” Pompeo said. [jm/lt/rs]

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