The United States has filed an appeal against the refusal to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain, RIA Novosti reported.
“The US prosecution filed its arguments in court last Friday, which is an appeal against the court’s decision of January 4,” the Don’t Extradite Assange movement’s organizing committee said.
It is known that the defense of the accused intends to ask the court for additional time to discuss further strategy and prepare the argumentation.
“The next step will be for Julian’s team of lawyers to respond to US arguments. The cross-appeal will give an opportunity to clear the name of Julian properly, “- this opinion was expressed by the friend of the defendant journalist Stella Maurice.
We will remind, in early February, a London court refused to extradite Julian Assange to the American authorities, arguing this with fears for his mental health. London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court also decided not to release the person involved in the case on bail. Lawyers representing Assange’s interests will seek to appeal the verdict.
Last year, the American side charged the journalist with espionage and violation of the information disclosure law; if extradited to the States, he could face up to 175 years in prison.