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Julian Assange allowed to marry his partner Stella Moris in prison | Julien assange

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was allowed to marry his partner in Belmarsh prison.

He has been held in London Prison since 2019 after the United States took legal action to extradite him.

He obtained permission to marry his partner Stella Moris after applying to the prison director.

A spokesperson for the prison administration said: “Mr. Assange’s request was received, examined and dealt with in the usual way by the prison director, as with any other prisoner.

The couple, who met while Assange lived at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, have two children.

Moris told the PA News Agency: “I am relieved that reason has prevailed and I hope there will be no further interference with our marriage.”

Prisoners have the right to apply for marriage in prison under the 1983 Marriage Act. Governors then review the applications and, if accepted, the cost of the service is borne by the prisoner rather than by the prisoner. the taxpayer.

Marriage ceremonies involving prisoners must take place in prison, with the exception of Category D prisoners, according to the Defense Ministry.

Assange, an Australian citizen, was arrested by police after spending five years at the Ecuadorian embassy, ​​where he sought political asylum as he struggled to avoid extradition to Sweden over fears of be taken to the United States for questioning about WikiLeaks activities.

He was jailed for 12 months for skipping bail, but was held in Belmarsh while a lengthy court case was mounted by the United States.

In January, a judge rejected the United States’ request to extradite Assange, but an appeal has been filed, the outcome of which is still pending. No date has been set for the wedding.

The couple have been engaged for several years and are trying to get married despite the lawsuit. Their sons Gabriel, four, and Max, two, are British citizens.

The couple were taking legal action against the prison director and the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, accusing them of preventing a wedding from taking place.

PA Media contributed to this report

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