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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 shortscreen on Monday January 04 2021, @11:26PM (2 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Monday January 04 2021, @11:26PM (#1094733) Journal

    "We kept this guy in solitary confinement for so long that he's become mentally unstable. Now he'll have to stay so we can keep an eye on him."

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday January 05 2021, @12:15AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday January 05 2021, @12:15AM (#1094765) Journal

    As a gesture at fairness, the first, and the longer stint at pretty solitary aloneness was imposed on himself. Of course, he did smuggle some sperm out into the world, hidden in his girlfriend's womb. But that was his own doing.

    But yeah, I suspect you probably don't want to try taking Assange out in public any time soon. Imagine sitting in a fish 'n chips, trying to avoid the bobbies who have orders to lock everyone up, while Julian blubbers into his ale. Ewwwww . . . how can you run from the police like that?

  • (Score: 2) by ledow on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:49AM

    by ledow (5567) on Wednesday January 06 2021, @10:49AM (#1095564) Homepage

    I think voluntarily choosing 7 years solitary confinement shut in his room at his own doing is more than likely the cause of the problem, not the 1 year in a monitored prison.