Julian Assange moves one step closer to the US as magistrates issue extradition order



Julian Assange moves one step closer to the US as magistrates issue extradition order – but WikiLeaks founder can STILL appeal before Priti Patel rubber stamps decision

  • Westminster Magistrates’ Court issued formal order for Assange’s US extradition
  • Home Secretary will now have to rubber stamp WikiLeaks founder’s extradition
  • Assange supporters say they have a month to make representations to Priti Patel
  • It comes after Supreme Court rejected plea to allow him to appeal to High Court  
  • But Assange’s legal team also say there are other parts of appeal still to be heard 

By James Robinson for MailOnline

Published: 11:05 BST, 20 April 2022 | Updated: 11:28 BST, 20 April 2022

Julian Assange‘s extradition to the United States has moved a step closer today after magistrates issued an official extradition order – but supporters say he can still appeal before Priti Patel rubber stamps the decision.

After years of legal toing and froing, Westminster Magistrates’ Court formally issued an order to extradite the WikiLeaks founder this morning.

During a seven-minute hearing at the court, chief magistrate Paul Goldspring said: ‘In layman’s terms, I am duty bound to send your case to the Secretary of State for a decision.’ 

It will now be down to Home Secretary Priti Patel to rubber stamp the 50-year-old’s extradition to the US, where he is wanted on espionage charges.

However, Assange’s legal team have previously said there are other parts of his appeal that had not yet been heard by the High Court.

Meanwhile, supporters say they will have four weeks to submit representations to the Home Secretary following today’s order.



By Jill Lawless

April 20, 2022 — 8.42pm

London: A British justice connected Wednesday formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to look spying charges. The lawsuit volition present spell to Britain’s Home Secretary for a decision, and the WikiLeaks laminitis inactive has ineligible avenues of appeal.

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