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British Court Refuses Assange ‘Extradition’ to the United States

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Mohammad Haroon Alim
Mohammad Haroon Alim
Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition was blocked to the United States, A London based court ruled.

The decision was taken due to concerns over Assange’s mental health, the British government believes Assange is at risk of Suicide inside US soil.

He is wanted over the publication of thousands of classified documents which he leaked during 2010 and 2011, Assange says his case is politically motivated, BBC reports.

The United States expressed disappointment at the ruling, “While we are extremely disappointed in the court’s ultimate decision, we are gratified that the United States prevailed on every point of law raised,” the justice department said.

According to the American authorities, the leaks broke laws and put many lives in danger, the US government has 14 days to lodge its appeal.

BBC reported, Assange has been taken back to Belmarsh Prison in the UK, where he will be held and an application will be made for his bail on Wednesday.

If convicted, US law will penalize Assange for up to 175 years in jail, his lawyers told BBC, however, the American government says he will face a sentence more likely between four to six years.

It is said that Assange faces 18 counts of charges from the US government, one of the charges is that he hacked into the US military database and acquired confidential information on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, which then was published on the Wikileaks website.

“the information exposed abuses by the US military”, Assange claimed, but prosecutors in the US say that he leaked classified materials that endangered lives and this is why the government sought his extradition.

The famous leaks of Wikileaks are the Baghdad airstrike collateral murder video (April 2010), Afghanistan war logs ( July 2010), Iraq war logs (October 2010), and the Cablegate (November 2010).

Following the leaks, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into Wikileaks.

Meanwhile, Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has reportedly instructed his foreign minister to offer political asylum to Assange.

Mexican officials were quoted by the BBC saying Assange “is a journalist and deserves a second chance.

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