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UK Court Decides That Julian Assange Will Not Be Extradited

Accepted submission by canopic jug at 2021-01-04 12:20:46 from the freedom-of-press dept.
Digital Liberty

The UK Westminster Magistrates’ Court decision is now public, Wikileaks journalist Julian Assange will not be extradited [techrights.org] 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 [judiciary.uk]

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


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