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Doctors’ orders to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel: “Do not extradite Assange”

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Extra than 300 medical professionals from 35 nations around the world have composed to British isles Residence Secretary Priti Patel contacting on her to block the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States and demanding his liberty. Patel, a ferocious opponent of WikiLeaks, is anticipated to rule on his extradition by Friday June 17.

In a letter despatched very last Friday, Medical doctors for Assange advised Patel that approving his extradition would be “medically and ethically unacceptable”. Assange faces 18 fees under the Espionage Act with a 175-yr jail sentence for his purpose as a journalist and publisher exposing war crimes committed by the US govt in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Britain’s Household Secretary Priti Patel walks by the Central Lobby at the Palace of Westminster, through the Condition Opening of Parliament, in the Residences of Parliament, in London, Tuesday, May well 10, 2022. [AP Photo/Justin Tallis/Pool Photo]

Assange has been imprisoned for specifically 10 decades this Sunday, initially underneath Uk property arrest, then within Ecuador’s embassy in London wherever he was illegally detained by Uk authorities who refused to grant him protected passage to Ecuador. Considering the fact that April 2019, he has been detained in London’s Belmarsh greatest protection jail inspite of having fully commited no criminal offense underneath British isles regulation.

The Australian governing administration has refused to intercede on Assange’s behalf, a stance taken care of by newly elected Labour Key Minister Anthony Albanese. Assange is an Australian citizen, with a wife and two younger little ones in Britain.

In their letter to Patel, Physicians for Assange point to Assange’s worsening professional medical issue, “Predictably, Mr Assange’s health and fitness has considering that continued to deteriorate in your custody. In October 2021 Mr. Assange endured a ‘mini-stroke’. This perilous deterioration of Mr Assange’s wellness underscores the medical issue that the continual worry induced by his harsh jail disorders, as properly as his justified fear of the circumstances that he would encounter in the situation of extradition, leaves Mr Assange susceptible to cardiovascular gatherings.”

The doctors ongoing, “This spectacular deterioration of Mr Assange’s wellness has not nonetheless been deemed in his extradition proceedings. The US assurances recognized by the Large Courtroom, consequently, which would variety the foundation of any extradition acceptance, are started on outdated clinical facts, rendering them obsolete.”

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