BRITAIN’S GOT A SUPREME COURT SCANDAL: NEW DAMNING EMAILS SHOW UK CORRUPTION IN THE CASE AGAINST JULIAN ASSANGE
By Jude Fleming, Medium.com
February 11, 2020
Read Flemmings full analysis here (https://popularresistance.org/britains-got-a-supreme-court-scandal-new-damning-emails-show-uk-corruption-in-the-case-against-julian-assange/)
Assange is currently locked up under maximum security in a British prison and ill, injured and enduring torture. He has days before a crucial US Extradition case on Feb. 24th, 2020 but he is virtually in a legal, technological and communication straightjacket along with his legal team. Assange has been forced to remain in UK for 10 years under the ruse that the UK was obliged to enforce a disproportionate, now obsolete, European Arrest Warrant (EAW) from Sweden. The outcome has been a catastrophic deprivation of Assange’s fundamental human rights.
He is facing a death sentence in the United States. He will be repatriated to Australia in a coffin. There is no possibility of a fair trial in the US.
Newly obtained emails show political interference and collusion by senior law officers in the UK courts, including the UK Supreme Court in the Assange matter. The UK Supreme Court is not independent of political interference from UK authorities, government and Prime Minister, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Ministry of Justice.
Assange challenged the proportionality of the extradition law in court, so the government changed the old law for everybody else but not for Assange. That is no coincidence. When the law changed in Assange’s favour it did not apply to him; only to the other EAW cases that were adjourned pending the outcome of his case.This email authenticates the @UN’s decision that Assange’s detention was arbitrary.
Assange is the only Western journalist held as a political hostage in a supposedly democratic country.
The original, and now withdrawn, EAW from Sweden concerning him should have been dismissed as a political extradition in the first place, based on Section 13 of the UK Extradition Act which outlines conditions barring extradition of a person based on political opinions, but it was not. The United Nations condemned both Sweden and the UK for Assange’s prolonged arbitrary detention. The EAW was engineered by the US as a reprisal for WikiLeaks blowing the whistle on the US's alleged war crimes and torture in Iraq Here, Here, Here and Here.
Who was involved in the steering of the UK Supreme Court decision? It is in the email addresses in the email (see the original article here to read the email and full analysis). It was a “whole of government” effort to subvert justice: SOCA, Metropolitan Police in London, and FCO.
- The UK must drop the extradition case against Assange. It is not obliged to enforce a politically motivated disproportionate legal request from the US.
- Extradition to the US would certainly result in his death.
- Assange must be afforded the compensation he deserves.
- Initiate a Parliamentary Inquiry into the “Assange-exclusion clause” of the revised 2014 extradition law. The UK Supreme Court must review its final judgment and deem the EAW as invalid. Sweden withdrew it. The historical record must be corrected.
- A judicial review is in order and MP’s of UK Parliament might consider launching an inquiry to expose the abuses of power.
- Assange might consider taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
- File formal complaints to professional bodies that oversee the ethics and conduct of its members. Specifically, Paul Close needs to be disbarred from the legal profession.
- The UK’s Information Commission Office (ICO) must be compelled to release more documents pertaining to this case, particularly communications between the UK and the U.S..
- Australia should be actively executing his safe passage and repatriation now under protection, where he can receive urgent medical attention.
There is no doubt that Assange is a political hostage of the UK and the U.S. Global condemnation of the UK’s misconduct must be unified and unequivocal. Media organizations, journalism affiliates/committees, Amnesty, RSF, HRW and other human rights groups must increase awareness of this case in order to prevent it from happening to other journalists, publishers and activists.
Read Flemmings full analysis here
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