Published: Вс, Апреля 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Parliamentarians urge Government to ensure Assange can be extradited to Sweden

Parliamentarians urge Government to ensure Assange can be extradited to Sweden

On Friday evening, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said Assange should be extradited to Sweden before any attempt to get him to the US.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange languished Friday in a British jail at the outset of a likely lengthy extradition battle following the dramatic end to his seven-year stay in Ecuador's London embassy. Mr Assange spent nearly seven years in the embassy in London where he sought political asylum in 2012 when he failed in his legal battle against extradition to Sweden.

When he took up residence inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, it was to avoid answering the sexual allegations against him in Sweden, which had sought his extradition for questioning.

Prosecutors said they were looking again at the case after a request by the lawyer of the alleged victim.

More than 70 parliamentarians wrote to the home secretary, and the shadow Home sScretary Diane Abbott, urging them to prioritise the outstanding charge over the U.S. charges relating to Wikileaks' activities. British police said Assange had been arrested Thursday for breaching his bail conditions and in relation to the USA arrest request.

The U.S.is seeking Assange's extradition.

He was retweeted by Pamela Anderson - one of Assange's most famous supporters - who has previously described Mr Corbyn as "clearly a decent and fair man".

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange after two women accused him of sexual offences during a 2010 visit to Sweden.

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At the prison, where he is being held while the extradition process plays out, "there are medical facilities there, access to dental care I would assume, and a garden to go out into", Hrafnsson said.

Britain is bound by law not to extradite a suspect to a country where he or she could face execution for the crime, but this is not an issue at the moment because the crime Assange faces does not put him at risk of capital punishment, he said.

His fears abruptly turned into reality on Thursday after Ecuador withdraw its asylum and he was charged and promptly found guilty of breaching bail in Westminster Magistrates Court by judge Michael Snow, after originally failing to surrender to the court in 2012.

Assange's lawyers meanwhile confirmed that United States prosecutors have 65 days to submit a full set of charges, raising the prospect of additional criminal allegations being introduced that would result in a far longer sentence.

It's expected that it would take a year or longer for him to be sent to the United States or possibly to Sweden even if he ultimately loses in court.

If Assange loses in extradition court, he could appeal several times and ultimately try to have his case heard at the European Court of Human Rights - unless Britain has left the European Union by that time.

Former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett said people giving Assange "unqualified support" were being "extremely unwise".

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