British court blocks Assange extradition to US

Original article by Jacquelin Magnay
The Australian – Page: 1 : 5-Jan-21

Westminster District Court judge Vanessa Baraitser has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US to face espionage charges. Baraitser stated jail conditions for Assange in the US could be so bad that he might seek to take his own life. The charges on which the US is seeking to extradite Assange could see him face a maximum jail term of 175 years if convicted, while US prosecutors immediately filed an appeal to Baraitser’s ruling with a higher court. Assange was returned to prison until 7 January, when an application for bail and costs will be heard.

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