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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.


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.

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

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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Monday January 04 2021, @03:21PM (2 children)

    by looorg (578) on Monday January 04 2021, @03:21PM (#1094496)

    So not getting extradited right now. Does this mean getting shanked in the shower has gone up as an option or? That said, nothing much changed then -- he is still stuck and can't get out. It's a "choice" of prison. Waiting for them to toss him out of the country since he is a foreigner -- extradite him back to Australia and let them deal with him. I don't think the skip he did previous to the embassy is much of an issue anymore and the rape charges from Sweden are more or less ancient history to. So do what Britain used to do with their criminal elements -- deport them to Oz?

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Monday January 04 2021, @03:27PM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 04 2021, @03:27PM (#1094498) Journal

    That's funny, in a way. But, I'm pretty sure that if the US asked Oz to extradite Assange, Australian authorities would give him up in a heartbeat. The US wouldn't even give a brief thought to double jeopardy concerns.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by khallow on Monday January 04 2021, @03:57PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday January 04 2021, @03:57PM (#1094508) Journal

      The US wouldn't even give a brief thought to double jeopardy concerns.

      There's no double jeopardy. Different country, different extradition request. And Assange has yet to be tried in a US court for anything.