British Court Denies U.S. Extradition Request for Assange Based on Mental Health Concerns Arising Out of Potential U.S. Incarceration

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Saturday, January 9, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On January 4, 2020, Judge Vanessa Baraitser of Westminster Magistrates’ Court denied the extradition request of the United States for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, 49, because of Assange’s mental condition. Her 132-page ruling  (“extradition decision”) is a victory for Assange, but the U.S. Government will undoubtedly appeal.[1]



[1]    Government of the United States of America v. Julian Paul Assange, District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) Vanessa Baraitser In the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Decision, Jan. 4, 2020 https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/USA-v-Assange-judgment-040121.pdf.