London Court issues order to extradite Julian Assange to US
WikiLeaks Chief Editor says London Court signs death sentence for Assange by ordering his extradition to US.
UK's Westminster Magistrate's Court ordered the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on Wednesday, according to Wikileaks.
A #UK judge has ordered #JulianAssange's extradition to the US, where he faces a 175-year prison sentence for publishing information about #US war crimes. The decision will now be finalized by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel; the defense has until May 18 to make submissions. pic.twitter.com/ZXp2WR9Rph— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) April 20, 2022
WikiLeaks added in a post on Twitter that Julian Assange will be extradited to the US where he will face a 175-year sentence for publishing.
BREAKING: A UK judge has ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the US where he will face a 175 year sentence for publishing— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 20, 2022
The decision will now move to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel – the defense have until May 18 to make submissions https://t.co/m1bX8STSr8 pic.twitter.com/BqEZH0O49O
“The decision will now move to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel – the defense has until May 18 to make submissions," the tweet read.
On his account, WikiLeaks' Chief Editor commented on the court’s decision by saying, "London Court signs death sentence for Assange by ordering his extradition to the US."
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Recently on March 14, Assange was denied permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court in case any moves were made against him regarding extradition to the United States. Assange's extradition could make him face up to 175 years in prison for exposing US war crimes and more.
Assange is wanted for trial for publicizing over 500,000 secret military files pertaining to Washington's wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.
The current rulings bring his standing in British courts closer to an end, unless Assange's lawyers launch a challenge on a separate point in the suit.
Last year in January, Assange's sentencing or punishment was postponed when reports arose that he was feeling suicidal as he was kept in maximum-security solitary confinement at a Special Administrative Measures (SAMs).
In a hearing in October that lasted two days, the US claimed that Assange will not be held in isolation and will improve the conditions of his confinement despite reports conveying otherwise.
In January, Assange was granted permission to appeal his extradition to the United States.