Assange Supporters Protest Outside UK Court as US Appeals Against Decision Not to Extradite Julian
08:05 GMT 11.08.2021 (Updated: 10:01 GMT 11.08.2021)
© Elizabeth CookThis is a court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Julian Assange appearing at the Old Bailey in London for the ruling in his extradition case, in London, 4 January 2021. A British judge has rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges, saying it would be “oppressive” because of his mental health. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange was likely to kill himself if sent to the U.S. The U.S. government said it would appeal the decision. (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)
© Elizabeth Cook
In early July, London’s High Court allowed Washington to appeal the January decision by a UK judge not to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.
Supporters of Julian Assange have gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, as a preliminary hearing for the United States appeal against the denial of his extradition to the US to face espionage charges is held.
Assange is expected to attend the hearing in person.
Last month, the US received "limited permission" to appeal a UK district judge's decision that Julian Assange should not be extradited. In January 2021, a UK district judge rejected a US request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder on a determination that the publisher was at too high a risk of suicide or self-harm if he were to be extradited to the US.
Assange was arrested in London on 11 April 2019, and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail back in 2012, when he took refuge inside the Ecuadorean embassy in the UK capital to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was facing sexual assault charges that were later dropped by the Swedish court.
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