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UK court allows Julian Assange to be extradited to US

A UK court has formally authorized the extradition of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to the United States on suspicion of spying. However, the British Home Office has been given the responsibility to take the final decision in this regard. As a result, Home Minister Preity Patel will be able to decide whether to hand over Assange to the US government.

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Assange, however, has the right to appeal the decision.

Assange joined the Westminster Magistrates’ Court hearing via video link. A lawyer attending the hearing described his stay as “a brief but significant moment in the extradition case”.

Mark Summers, a government legal expert, told the chief magistrate that he had no choice but to send the case to the Home Office. Assange’s team does not have enough evidence at the moment, but they have made “significant progress.”

Summers said Assange could face punishment after returning to the United States, so a “strong appeal” would be made to the Interior Ministry about his punishment and repatriation conditions.

After a total of seven minutes of hearing, Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring ruled in favor of Assange.

“Under the Lehman term, I am obliged to send your case to the interior minister for a decision,” he told Assange.

However, his lawyers still have a chance to take other legal action, in addition to appealing to the Secretary of the Interior to prevent Assange from being deported to the United States.

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