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Protests held outside court as U.S. appeals Julian Assange extradition ruling

Lawyers for the U.S. government have argued WikiLeaks founder's mental health should not prevent him from being extradited over espionage charges.

10/27/2021 8:29:00 PM

Supporters of Julian Assange congregated outside of Britain's High Court ahead of an appeals trial that could undo a judge's prior decision to deny Assange's extradition to the U.S. If extradited, Assange would face espionage charges. Read more:

Lawyers for the U.S. government have argued WikiLeaks founder's mental health should not prevent him from being extradited over espionage charges.

"I saw him on Saturday. He's very thin," Moris said."It is completely unthinkable that the U.K. courts could agree to this."I hope the courts will end this nightmare, that Julian is able to come home soon and that wise heads prevail."

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Stella Moris, partner of Julian Assange, speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice during an appeal hearing for his extradition to the United States on October 27, 2021 in London, England.Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty ImagesDuring proceedings, James Lewis, a lawyer acting for the U.S. government, argued that Baraitser had made a mistake in her previous ruling. Lewis said that a promise had been made for Assange to face any possible jail time in his home nation of Australia and not in severe conditions in a U.S. prison.

The lawyers for the U.S. are arguing the case that Assange is not so mentally unwell that he could not resist harming himself."Once there is an assurance of appropriate medical care, once it is clear he will be repatriated to Australia to serve any sentence, then we can safely say the district judge would not have decided the relevant question in the way that she did," Lewis said, via Sky News. headtopics.com

Assange was not present inside the court. However, he did appear via video link part way through proceedings, having initially being said to have been to unwell to do so, theBBCreported. He is currently being held in the U.K.'s Belmarsh maximum-security prison.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (C) takes part in a demonstration in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London during an appeal hearing by the US government against the UK's refusal to extradite him on October 27, 2021.

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesAmnesty International's Secretary General Agnes Callamard called on U.S. authorities to drop the charges against Assange and urged the U.K to release Assange from custody immediately."It is a damning indictment that nearly 20 years on, virtually no one responsible for alleged US war crimes committed in the course of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars has been held accountable, let alone prosecuted, and yet a publisher who exposed such crimes is potentially facing a lifetime in jail," Callamard said in a statement.

"The U.S. government's unrelenting pursuit of Julian Assange makes it clear that this prosecution is a punitive measure, but the case involves concerns which go far beyond the fate of one man and put media freedom and freedom of expression in peril." headtopics.com

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The High Court hearing is set to end today but a decision regarding the outcome is expected at a later date, the BBC reported.Assange was arrested in 2019having been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for several years having entered there in 2012. Assange was seeking political asylum while inside the embassy as part of a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face allegations he assaulted two women in 2010. He denied those allegations and they were eventually dropped, the BBC reported.

Assange feared that once in Sweden, he would then be sent to the U.S.,and one of computer misuse and faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.Newsweekhas contacted WikiLeaks for comment.Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice, Chancery Lane ahead of an appeal hearing for his extradition to the United States on October 27, 2021 in London, England. The United States, which has charged the Wikileaks founder with espionage, had appealed a January ruling that Assange should not be extradited to the US due to concerns over his mental health and the risk of suicide in a US prison.

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