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Assange ‘final appeal’ to be heard in February: campaigners

By AFP
December 20, 2023

LONDON: A final appeal to prevent the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States will be heard in London over two days in February, his support group said on Tuesday.

Assange, 52, is wanted on espionage charges and has been detained in the high-security Belmarsh Prison in southeast London since April 2019. He was arrested after spending seven years holed up in Ecuador´s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faced accusations of sexual assault, which were later dropped.

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange giant billboard in Melbourne on September 5, 2023. — AFP
WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange giant billboard in Melbourne on September 5, 2023. — AFP

The US authorities want to put the Australian publisher on trial for divulging US military secrets about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Free Assange campaign said the case will be heard before two judges in the High Court in London on February 20 and 21.

It will review an earlier decision taken by a single judge in June which refused Assange permission to appeal. The appeal will determine whether Assange will have further opportunities to argue his case before the UK´s domestic courts or whether he will have exhausted all appeals and will enter the process of extradition.