US Win London High Court Appeal To Extradite Julian Assange

US, UK Agree To Terms

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Julian Assange has inched closer to being extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States, after official ruling by the London High Court.

The US won an appeal to extradite Australian WikiLeaks founder over espionage charges, challenging a judge's decision from earlier this year.

A UK court ruling in January stated he wasn't fit to be extradited in US due to concerns over his mental health.

Judges were given assurance by US authorities of the reducing the risk of suicide at any maximum security prison.

His fiancee said the family intend to appeal the ruling, taking it to the Supreme Court.

The 50-year-old is facing ultra-serious charges of conspiring to hack government computers and violating espionage law.

British court made their January ruling over fears of improper treatment at a US prison. However they have now sided with the US after reassurance that Assange would not face those strict measures under their watch.

One of the UK's most senior judges, Lord Burnett said the decision was met on mutual grounds.

"That risk is in our judgment excluded by the assurances which are offered. It follows that we are satisfied that, if the assurances had been before the judge, she would have answered the relevant question differently."

"That conclusion is sufficient to determine this appeal in the USA’s favour."

Assange is facing up to 175 years in prison, however the US government said in its appeal that a sentence of between three and six years was the more likely outcome.

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10 December 2021

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