(London) US government lawyers on Wednesday questioned the reliability of an expert the UK judiciary has relied on to refuse the extradition of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who the American judiciary has been charged with on a massive scale Wants to bring document leaks to court.
Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 10:26 am
In January, the British judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the extradition request because of the suicide risk of the 50-year-old Australian, who faces 175 years imprisonment in the USA.
On Wednesday, US attorney Clair Dobbin, during a preliminary hearing on the Washington-launched appeal, pleaded that the judge did not “appreciate” the weight of the elements presented by an expert who concluded that Julian Assange no suicide risk.
Instead, it relied on evidence presented by Assange’s psychiatrist Michael Kopelman, who admitted cheating on the courts by “hiding” that his client had become a father while incarcerated in the hospital.
Julian Assange was arrested by British police in April 2019 after spending seven years in seclusion at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he sought refuge on bail. He feared extradition to the United States or Sweden, where he was charged with rape, which has since been dropped.
The Australian, who is supported by a number of press freedom organizations, faces 175 years in prison in the United States for distributing more than 700,000 classified documents about American military and diplomatic activities, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, by 2010.
Dozens of Assange supporters hold “Ten years is enough!” Signs “Free Assange” gathered outside the High Court in London Wednesday, including former Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“I hope the court sends a very clear signal today that it will not allow the United States’ appeal and that Julian Assange can be released,” said the former Labor leader, condemning “the” obsession “of the United States” . with those who reveal the truth about the American military presence in the world “.
“He’s a journalist whose only crime was exposing the filthy and lazy affairs of the world,” Mario Mantilla, 58, told AFP, wearing a Statue of Liberty costume adorned with fake blood.