After that, the case of the WikiLeaks founder will be referred to the British Interior Minister Priti Patel, according to the organization’s Twitter.
The Westminster Magistrates Court will rule on the extradition to the United States of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on April 20. As the organization reported on Saturday, after that the case will be referred to the head of the British Interior Ministry Priti Patel.
“The next hearing will take place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 20. The court will rule on the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. The resolution will then go to Priti Patel for approval. Assange’s defense will send the [necessary] documents to Patel. The deadline is May 18,” reads a message posted on Twitter by WikiLeaks.
In the United States, the founder of WikiLeaks is charged with crimes related to the largest case of disclosure of classified information in American history. According to the totality of the charges, Assange faces up to 175 years in prison.
In January last year, the Westminster Magistrates Court in London ruled that the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder would be illegal, since Assange, who suffers from autism and clinical depression, is ready to commit suicide if he ends up in an American prison. This was the basis for the refusal to extradite Assange to the United States, where 18 criminal charges were brought against him, but this decision was successfully challenged by the American Ministry of Justice.
The lawyers of the Australian in December last year appealed to the High Court of London with a request to allow an appeal against the decision made in the Supreme Court of Great Britain. On January 24, the High Court of London ruled that the decision could be challenged in the Supreme Court of Great Britain. On March 15, the highest court denied the journalist this right. The final decision on extradition will have to be made by Interior Minister Patel.