A London court refused to extradite Assange to the US

A London court refused to extradite Assange to the US

The founder of the website WikiLeaks Julian Assange refused to extradite him because of concern for his mental state.

On the morning of January 4 in London, a court hearing on the case of Julian Assange was held. The court held at the request of the U.S., which demanded the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks, reports The Guardian.

However, the court’s decision did not satisfy the demand of the United States, arguing its decision on the difficult mental state of the defendant.

Judge Vanessa Bareitzer suggested that if extradited, Assange could commit suicide.

The U.S. will probably appeal, which will delay the final decision in the case indefinitely.

The espionage charges Assange faces in the U.S. carry a sentence of up to 175 years in prison.

Numerous human rights and press freedom organizations, lawyers and numerous fans are categorically against the extradition of Julian Assange, because they believe that the United States will not be able to count on a fair trial against the defendant.

Recall that for 7 years Assange was hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and in 2019 he was arrested.