Around 200 to 300 people protested in London on Tuesday, demanding that the British government refuse to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing US prosecution for leaking hundreds of thousands of secret and secret military documents. Correspondent of the French Agency.
After a long court battle, the British justice officially gave the green light on April 20 for the extradition of the 50-year-old Australian to the American authorities. It is now up to Home Secretary Priti Patel to decide whether to sign the extradition order, which can be appealed.
Julian Assange’s defense arguments on the grounds that he should not be extradited were filed Tuesday, his wife Stella Assange said via Twitter.
“This political affair, the political persecution of Julian Assange, is now officially in the hands of Pretty Patel,” said WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Christine Hrafnson.
The Australian, who has been “deprived of his liberty for a decade”, said he was “comforted to see public opinion and politicians around the world mobilizing for his cause”, “more and more people understand the importance of has this case “.
More than twenty human rights and press freedom organizations support him.
For Amarou Narvaes-Reges, a 25-year-old actor who went to the rally, the release of Julian Assange would “instill fear in the hearts of many journalists and prevent a lot of important information from being revealed to the public.”
The founder of WikiLeaks was arrested by British police in April 2019, after the then Ecuadorian government revoked the political asylum he had given him for seven years, and he was imprisoned.
US authorities want to try him for “espionage” over the release of 700,000 classified US secret and military documents, mainly about the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If convicted, he faces up to 175 years in prison.