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Politically motivated? UK govt approves extradition of Julian Assange to US

The case was handed over to Patel last month after the Supreme Court ruled that there were no legal questions on the assurances given by the US authorities over how he would be treated.

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London: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the US.

The case was handed over to Patel last month after the Supreme Court ruled that there were no legal questions on the assurances given by the US authorities over how he would be treated.

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According to The Guardian, while Patel has given a green light, an expected cross-appeal by Assange’s legal team would restart the clock on a renewed legal battle in the courts.

It would probably focus on grounds such as right to freedom of expression and whether the extradition request was politically motivated.

Patel had been considering whether the US extradition request met remaining legal tests, including a promise not to execute him, The Guardian reported.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Under the Extradition Act 2003, the secretary of state must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds to prohibit the order being made.

“On 17 June, following consideration by both the magistrates court and high court, the extradition of Mr Julian Assange to the US was ordered. Mr Assange retains the normal 14-day right to appeal.

“In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange.

“Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that whilst in the US he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.”

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