Wife of WikiLeaks founder talks about suicide risk

Wife of WikiLeaks founder talks about suicide risk

The British government announced on Friday that it had signed the decree for the extradition to the United States of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will appeal. His wife assured that he wanted to “fight” but also mentioned a risk of suicide.

It’s a “dark day” for his supporters but “not the end of the road”: the British government announced on Friday that it had signed the decree for the extradition to the United States of the founder of WikiLeaksJulian Assange, who will appeal.

The 50-year-old Australian is being prosecuted in the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison for a massive leak of confidential documents.

After a long legal tussle with twists and turns, British justice had formally given the green light on April 20 to its surrender to American justice, but it was up to the British Minister of the Interior Priti Patel to sign an extradition order, which she did on Friday.

We are not at the end of the road. We will fight. We will use all avenues of recourse“, reacted Stella Assangethe wife of the Australian, during a press conference.

Visibly moved, she explained that her husband wanted to “to beat“but raised a risk of suicide.”If he is extradited to the United States, the conditions in which he will find himself will be oppressive (…) This will push him to commit suicide.”

At his side, the lawyer Jennifer Robinsonwhich is defending Julian Assange, has confirmed that he will appeal to the British courts within 14 days “and if necessary before the European Court of Human Rights“.

The British Home Office has approved the extradition of Julian Assange considering that this one was not “incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression“, stressing that in the United States, the Australian would be “treated appropriately, including with regard to his or her health“.

Press freedom organizations oppose this extradition, fearing that despite the assurances of the American authorities, Julian Assange will be subjected to conditions of solitary confinement in prison which would aggravate a risk of suicide.

For Agnes CallamardSecretary General of Amnesty International, the extradition of Julian Assange “would send a chilling message to journalists around the world“.


Legal battle

WikiLeaks denounced “a dark day for press freedom“.

I remind you that Assange faces 175 years in prison. For journalistic activity“, hammered the spokesperson of the Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova.

For his part, the leader of the left opposition in France Jean-Luc Melenchon affirmed, on the last day of the legislative campaign, that he would naturalize Julian Assange if he were appointed Prime Minister.

I believe he has submitted the request, (Julian Assange) will be naturalized French and we will ask that he be evacuated to our home“, did he declare.

He is wanted by the American justice system, which wants to try him for the dissemination, from 2010, of more than 700,000 classified documents on American military and diplomatic activities, in particular in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The best journalist of our time has been fed to an insatiable mouth. Burn in hell, you bastards“, commented Margarita Simonianboss of the Russian news channel RT which employed Julian Assange.

Mr. Assange has been detained for three years in the maximum security prison of belmarshnear London, where he married in March Stella Morris.

They have two baby boys, conceived when Julian Assange was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The founder of WikiLeaks spent seven years in this embassy where he had taken refuge in 2012, while he was on bail.

He then feared extradition to the United States, or Sweden where he was the subject of rape proceedings since abandoned.

He was finally arrested by British police in April 2019 and imprisoned.

If leave to appeal is granted, the hearing may not take place until early 2023, the agency told PA Kate Gooldpartner in the law firm bindmans and specialized in extradition cases.

Even if the appeal is refused, the extradition could be delayed for health reasons if Julian Assange “is too ill, for example, if he is in no condition to fly“.

Mr. Assange”also has the possibility to appeal the decision to extradite on human rights grounds” she advanced.

If he grabs the European court of human rightsthe process is likely to take several years.

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