Carlos Poveda, lawyer for the Australian journalist, announced that he will appeal the decision of the Ecuadorian Justice, which argued administrative failures to justify the ruling. Assange remains imprisoned in the UK.
This July 27, Julian Assange’s lawyer announced that he will file the legal actions presented by the Ecuadorian Government and that led to the Justice of that country confirming the withdrawal of Ecuadorian nationality from perhaps the most beloved and detested journalist of the last decade.
The Court’s decision was released this Monday, July 26 and comes more than two after Ecuador denied him asylum and forced the creator of Wikileaks to leave the embassy of that country in London, a stay that sheltered him for more than seven years. of a double extradition request to Sweden and the United States.
It was the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry that had presented a demand to withdraw Assange’s nationality under the argument that when it was granted, in 2017 and under the government of Lenín Moreno, there were a series of irregularities. Among these the fact that the journalist “did not live in the country”, “did not have the resources to survive” and that “formalities for payment of fees” were ignored, Poveda explains.
The Ecuadorian Government assures that the fact of giving Ecuadorian nationality to Assange resulted from a “harmful administrative act” and that for this reason it had to be revoked. However, Poveda announced that he will present “horizontal appeals” before the National Court of Ecuador “under the argument that he was not given the right to defense” and “was not even allowed to appear,” according to the lawyer’s complaint.
Extradition to the United States is something that Assange, who has been in the country’s sights for ten years, has tried to flee for years. The journalist risked a lot when he posted his Wikileaks database online in 2006, where he exposed hundreds of thousands of confidential information from thousands of companies and put many countries in check.
In 2010, he published documents to the disadvantage of the United States, which showed photos of the US military in the Iraq war torturing and killing civilians. Having disclosed all that information led the then Barack Obama administration to urge the US Justice to condemn Assange.
Assange could face a sentence of more than 175 years in prison in the United States to be tried in this country, which charges him with espionage and a total of 17 charges.
The complaints against Julian Assange
In 2010, the Swedish Justice pointed this out in the case of sexual abuse. Assange was in that country for a week in that country, where he saw a space of support for human rights and freedom of expression. Then Wikileaks began to become more and more important and attracted approving looks but also misgivings. Individuals, private interests, or entire countries had been singled out for scandals by Assange’s posts.
During his stop in Stockholm, Sweden, to promote his database and his progress in terms of global complaints, Julian Assange would have sexually assaulted two women, according to that country. One of the women reported having been sexually forced after refusing several times. The second said that although she was initially attracted to the Australian, he raped her while she was sleeping. Both claimed that Assange refused to use a condom even though he was explicitly asked to do so.
Assange always denied the allegations, stating that all the meetings were arranged. After that, he decided to flee the country and that same year Interpol issued a judicial order to arrest the journalist and bring him before the Swedish Justice. He was later found in the south of England and after his arrest his supporters posted bail for his parole of £ 240,000.
The journalist always believed that the efforts to extradite him to Sweden were part of a larger conspiracy to bring him to the United States. Two years later, London decides to extradite him to Sweden and Assange breaks his bail by taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
After seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, the British Justice arrested him. Currently this controversial character, who was even on the cover of ‘Time’ magazine, continues to face possible extradition to Sweden and also to the United States. The process to be prosecuted for violating the Espionage Law of the North American country, a crime considered one of the most serious in the country, has already begun.
Assange, almost ten years in seclusion
In 2017, Sweden lifted the rape charges against Assange and the same year Ecuador and its president, the then Lenín Moreno, granted him Ecuadorian nationality, a controversial measure that the same Ecuadorian government confirmed later. But Assange’s situation became more and more complex after Moreno’s entry into the Presidency of Ecuador, as he lost his old ally, former President Rafael Correa, who protected him.
Moreno ended up denying Assange asylum in his embassy, calling him a “hacker, miserable and spoiled” and accusing him of having treated his embassy agents in London disrespectfully. After that, the English Justice took the opportunity to imprison the Australian for violating the probation he was on in 2012 and sentenced him to 50 weeks of imprisonment, which he is still paying. The British Supreme Court recently announced that the United States could continue to appeal the decision that the founder of Wikileaks cannot be extradited to the United States.
Many of his close friends and family have expressed concern for the journalist’s mental, physical and psychological condition. The former Ecuadorian consul, Fidel Narváez, who received him at the embassy in 2012, assured France 24 last year of “a general deterioration in his physical health, with the loss of a lot of weight, but above all emotional, because he is coming dragging a fierce legal and political persecution ”. He also assured that his prison conditions had improved, that he was no longer in confinement, although it is still difficult for him to have appointments with his lawyers because they allow him few visits per month.
In the end, there could be a happy ending for Assange, but this is up to Joe Biden. The new American president would be the only one who could decide whether or not to drop the charges against him. The lawyer and partner of the journalist, Stella Morris, asked Biden this June 4 in an act of tribute to the founder of Wikileaks in Geneva, Switzerland, that the president stop the extradition process:
“I call on the Biden Administration to do the right thing. If the Biden Administration is serious about respecting the rule of law, the first amendment and defending world press freedom, the only thing it can do is drop this case, ”said Morris with some emotion.
But while the British Justice at the beginning of this year judged the extradition of Assange to the United States as impossible due to the risks of suicide on the part of the journalist, the spokesman for the United States Department of Justice recently appointed by Joe Biden reiterated that they would continue to “search his extradition “.
With AP and EFE