British justice is expected to announce today the ruling on the extradition request of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been claimed by the United States to try him for the release of thousands of confidential documents, Lusa said.
The American justice system accuses the Australian of 49 years of espionage, and may sentence him to 175 years in prison for having released, since 2010, more than 700,000 confidential documents on US military and diplomatic activities, mainly in Iraq and the United States. Afghanistan.
The United States accuses the WikiLeaks founder of endangering US service sources, which Assange disputes.
Julian Assange was arrested in London in April 2019, after seven years living in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he took refuge after violating the conditions of his probation for fear of being extradited to the United States.
The Nations rapporteur on torture issues, Niels Melzer, sent an open letter last Tuesday to the President of the United States, Donald Trump, asking him to forgive the founder of Wikileaks and arguing that Julian Assange is not an “enemy of the American people ”.
According to the UN rapporteur, Julian Assange did not pirate or steal any of the information he published, having obtained it “from genuine sources and documents, just as any other serious and independent investigative journalist” would.
“Suing Assange for publishing true information about serious official conduct, whether in America or elsewhere, is what is called ‘killing the messenger,'” he said.
“By forgiving Assange, the President sends a clear message of justice, truth and humanity to the American people and the world, rehabilitating a brave man who has suffered injustice, persecution and humiliation for more than a decade, just to tell the truth,” claimed.
Pending the British decision, the founder of Wikileaks is being held in London’s high-security Belmarsh prison, and the conditions in which he lives have been denounced by Niels Melzer.
In the open letter to Trump, the UN rapporteur also explains that the Australian “suffers from a proven respiratory problem, which makes him extremely vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic, which recently broke out in prison.”
The German Government has also assumed that it is concerned about the extradition process due to Julian Assange’s “state of physical and mental health”.
“Human rights and the humanitarian aspects of possible extradition must not be neglected,” wrote German Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, Bärbel Kofler, in a statement released last Wednesday, stressing that the United Kingdom is “bound European Convention on Human Rights ”.