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posted by janrinok on Monday January 04 2021, @01:17PM   Printer-friendly

A UK judge has just announced that Assange cannot be extradited to the USA because his treatment by the US would cause him to be a suicide risk. However, he is not released as the prosecution and the USA may decide to appeal. He remains in Belmarsh prison but the courts still have to decide whether he should be released.

The political arguments were all dismissed by the Judge but her decision is based solely on the treatment he will receive in the USA.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55528241

Also:

The UK Westminster Magistrates' Court decision is now public, Wikileaks journalist Julian Assange will not be extradited from the UK to the US...

407. The defence complains that the late service of the second superseding indictment has resulted in unfairness in the preparation of its case. Mindful of any potential unfairness flowing from the late service of this amended indictment, on Friday 14 August 2020, I invited the defence to consider applying to adjourn the evidential hearing which was due to commence on 7 September 2020. I gave them the opportunity to consider this invitation over the course of a week but, on 21 August 2020, the defence confirmed that itwould not be seeking to adjourn proceedings. No further applications were made between that date and 7 September 2020.

408. In my judgment the appropriate remedy for any unfairness arising from the late indictment would have been to allow the defence sufficient time prepare its case and advance any relevant arguments. That time was offered in August 2020 and declined.

409. I reject the defence submissions concerning staying extradition as an abuse of the process of this court.

https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/USA-v-Assange-judgment-040121.pdf

... unless the decision is appealed by either the outgoing US administration or the incoming one.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by janrinok on Monday January 04 2021, @01:58PM (1 child)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 04 2021, @01:58PM (#1094466) Journal

    The decision to not release Assange is solely to give time for appeals. As I understand it, if there are no such appeals he has already served all time necessary for crimes for which the UK courts have any jurisdiction and he could be released in a matter of a week or two.

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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday January 04 2021, @05:08PM

    by Freeman (732) on Monday January 04 2021, @05:08PM (#1094530) Journal

    They could be sour about having a police force sit around for so long when he skipped bail. So, just dragging it out a bit to make him squirm. Then again, it's just as likely that the judge doesn't care about any of that and is just doing what she does.

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