Julian Assange is appealing the decision to extradite him to the United States – RT in French

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The journalist and founder of Wikileaks has appealed the British government’s decision to extradite him to the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison, the High Court in London has said.

Currently imprisoned in the United Kingdom, Julien Assange has decided to appeal the decision on his extradition to the United States, according to the High Court in London on July 1. British justice has indeed confirmed that a “notification from Julian Assange to appeal the Home Office’s decision to extradite him has been received”.

The Australian journalist is being prosecuted in the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison for a massive leak of confidential documents (relating in particular to the action of the American army in Iraq and Afghanistan), under legislation against the espionage, in a case denounced by its supporters as a serious attack on the freedom of the press.

After a long legal standoff with twists and turns, British Interior Minister Priti Patel signed an extradition decree on June 17.

The founder of Wikileaks, detained for three years in the high security prison of Belmarsh near London, had until July 1 to appeal. On July 1, ahead of Julian Assange’s July 3 51st birthday, a few dozen of his supporters – including his wife Stella Assange whom he married in March – gathered outside the Home Office to protest the decision of extradition. They then boarded a London bus and drove around the center of the British capital, chanting: “Free Julian Assange now(“Free Julian Assange now”).

The European Court of Human Rights soon to be seized?

If leave to appeal is granted, the hearing may not take place until early 2023, Kate Goold, a partner at the law firm Bindmans and specializing in cases, told the British press agency PA in mid-June. of extradition.

According to her, Julien Assange could also seize the European Court of Human Rights, a process likely to take several years.

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