The U.S. asked again that Julian Assange to be extradited to face espionage charges

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The United States asked Britain’s High Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision that , 50, should not be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. On January, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied extradition on health grounds, saying Assange was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. American authorities had promised that Assange would not be held before trial in a top-security “Supermax” prison or subjected to strict isolation conditions, and if convicted would be allowed to serve his sentence in Australia. Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said in a written submission that Australia had not agreed to take Assange if he is convicted. Fitzgerald also said the U.S. legal process could take a decade. Several dozen pro-Assange protesters rallied outside London’s neo-Gothic Royal Courts of Justice before the hearing, which is scheduled to last two days by video link.

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Judges on UK are not expected to give their ruling in this appeal for several weeks. U.S. prosecutors have indicted Assange on 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse. Assange’s partner, Stella Moris,said: „I hope the courts will end this nightmare, that Julian is able to come home soon and that wise heads prevail.” Currently, Assange is being held at London’s top security Belmarsh Prison, where Moris visited him on Saturday, saying he looked very thin.