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UK Court Allows Assange to Challenge US Extradition Decision

© REUTERS / PETER NICHOLLSSupporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, January 24, 2022
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, January 24, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.01.2022
In December, the London High Court ruled in favour of the US appeal to extradite Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who was accused by Washington of espionage.
On Monday, the London High Court decided to allow Julian Assange to appeal to the UK Supreme Court and challenge the previous verdict that approved his extradition to the United States.
Assange's fiancee, Stella Moris, hailed the decision as a victory for the Australian journalist.
The ruling followed a December decision by the London High Court to greenlight the US appeal to extradite Assange. An earlier decision that the Australian journalist cannot be extradited to the US due to health issues and the inhumane conditions he might face in the US prison system was overturned at the time.
In a move to challenge the December High Court decision, Assange's legal team argued that, should the WikiLeaks founder be extradited to the US, he would be "subjected to near total isolation" - something that could severely affect his mental health and even potentially lead to suicide.
Assange requested that the High Court approve three points of law of general public importance, as at least one certified point is necessary for the UK Supreme Court to hear Assange's appeal against extradition to the US.
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, hold placards outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on December 10, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.01.2022
Assange Asks UK Court to Certify 3 Points of Law to Move Appeal to Supreme Court, His Fiancee Says
Now it is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether Assange will be extradited to the United States to face 18 criminal charges, including espionage. The Australian journalist faced the charges after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified documents that shed light on war crimes committed by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the event of being convicted in the United States, Assange could face up to 175 years behind bars.
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