“I can’t think normally”: how are the hearings on the extradition of Assange

“I can’t think normally”: how are the hearings on the extradition of Assange

The next hearing on the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will take place on November . According to the allegations made, in the United States he can be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 50. Shortly before this, the UN announced London’s refusal to investigate Assange’s possible torture in prison. Experts are sure that Western states, using the example of the case of the founder of WikiLeaks, demonstrate double standards of justice, and the trial of the detained journalist is a political process.

Regular hearings on the extradition of the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange will pass (********************************) November,decidedWestminster Magistrate Court in London.

“The following hearings shall be held 17 of November) … The defendant can participate by video from the prison, where he is serving knitting, “- said the judge, referring to the correctional facility Belmarsh, where Assange is. RIA Novosti cites her words.

Note that Assange was present at today’s meeting in person. According to RIA Novosti, after Assange appeared in court, they asked if he could confirm his name and date of birth. The founder of WikiLeaks answered this question in the affirmative.

It is noteworthy that the “guest” seats in the courtroom were completely filled, since many supporters of Assange came to the meeting. They were also present at the courthouse, demanding the release of the founder of WikiLeaks.

At the end of the session, the trial judge asked Assange if he understood what was happening in court today.

“Not really. I can’t think normally, ”he said.

According to the judge, the process will go through three stages, at each of which the parties will present their arguments. Hearings will also be held in December, January and February, and in essence the case will be considered at the end of February, as planned.

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In turn, the Assange defense requested the court to postpone the hearingby three months, explaining this need by the complexity of the process.

According to the representative of the accused, only last week they were transferred documents on the case. They are sent by mail, and the founder of WikiLeaks in prison does not have access to a computer.

“The issues raised in this case are complex and require the collection of evidence and research by their lawyers,” the lawyer said.

In addition, representatives of the defense consider it necessary to reflect in the case that the United States intercepted messages while talking to Assange with lawyers when he was at the Embassy of Ecuador.

Commenting on the position of Western justice in the situation with Assange, Executive Director monitoring organization CIS-EMO Stanislav Byshok arr He drew attention to the difference in Western public perception of the activities of the founder of WikiLeaks and some American officials. information about confidential negotiations, for example,Trump with Zelensky, ”the expert said in an interview with RT.

The UN claims to torture Assange

Recall that Assange is about seven years spent at the Embassy of Ecuador in Lond one. He came to the diplomatic mission with a request for political asylum in June 175, and in April 2012 of the year the British policedelayedhe was in the embassy building.

In turn, shortly after these events, the President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, stated that the British authorities in a conversation with him denied the possibility of Assange being extradited to a state where torture or death would be expected for a journalist execution.

In May, a court in London sentenced Assange to 18 weeks in prison for violation of the conditions for bail. Later that same month, the US Department of Justice brought new charges against Assange 17. The department said that Assange could face up to 679126 175 years in prison


Later, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Niels Meltzer drew attention to cases of ill-treatment of Assange in a British prison. A representative of the organization sent a letter to the British authorities calling for an investigation, but official London rejected the relevant charges, Meltzer said in an interview with RT.

“For four months I did not receive any response at all. The United Kingdom later sent a very short letter, literally two paragraphs, in which it rejected all allegations of involvement in the ill-treatment of Julian Assange, “Meltzer said.

According to him, the UK is a party to the UN Convention against Torture, which obliges all the signatory countries to promptly conduct impartial investigations if there are sufficient grounds for that.

“That is, the agreement clearly requires London to conduct an objective investigation,” the special representative emphasized UN spruce.

Speaking about the behavior of the British authorities, Deputy Director of the Institute of History and Politics of the Moscow State Pedagogical University Vladimir Shapovalov told RT about the double standards policy that London resorts to.

“In fact, we are witnessing a situation where representatives of Western non-governmental and state structures constantly position themselves as leaders of the movement for the humanization of the rights of prisoners, and on the other hand, in this particular case, Western human rights defenders and government structures prefer not to pay attention to and what is happening in certain Western countries, ”the expert noted.

“ I think that this is a political process from beginning to end, so there’s nothing about justice as such cannot be discussed, ”the expert concluded.