Earlier this year, there was a huge uproar outside the court when a British judge blocked the deportation demanded by the United States. The judge feared an unjust trial in the United States, but expressed concern about Assange’s mental health. She feared he would end his life if he was deported, thinking he was too weak to tolerate the American justice system.
Two judges High Court I thought differently today. The United States appealed the ruling earlier this year and is now backing it. Assange could be extradited to the United States. According to the judges, Assange has “no history of serious and permanent mental illness”. He was no longer so ill that he could not prevent himself from taking his own life.
But handover does not mean immediate, this decision can still be appealed. Assange’s friend announced that as soon as the verdict came, the defense would do the same. In addition, the entire extradition process must now begin anew, with the lower court having to decide whether to hand it over again.
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