US approves extradition of Julian Assaz, possible sentence of 175 years

UK court has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US.

US approves extradition of Julian Assaz, possible sentence of 175 years
US approves extradition of Julian Assaz, possible sentence of 175 years

A UK court has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US, overturning a lower court's decision. The decision reversed a UK court's January decision that said Assange, 50, cannot be extradited because of concerns over his mental health where there is a risk of suicide.

Assange is facing charges in the US system under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic cables in 2010 and 2011. US officials have claimed that people's lives were in danger due to the release of confidential records.

Australian citizen Assange was arrested in the year 2019 from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his citizenship expired. He had been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for 7 years. According to reports, Assange is facing 18 serious charges in the US and could be sentenced to 175 years in prison if convicted.

Lord Justice Holroyde has indicated that Assange's founder was seeking another appeal, the BBC reported. According to reports, Assange's lawyers were challenging the extradition citing his mental health. However, it is not clear whether the extradition decision can be further challenged.