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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 04:24 PM

Assange mother: I'm terrified of what US will do to Julian



While Julian Assange is awaiting Ecuador's decision on his appeal for political asylum, his mother Christine has traveled to the country to discuss her son's fate with President Rafael Correa. She spoke about the ongoing case with RT Spanish.

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Reply Assange mother: I'm terrified of what US will do to Julian (Original post)
The Northerner Aug 2012 OP
siligut Aug 2012 #1
struggle4progress Aug 2012 #2

Response to The Northerner (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:12 PM

1. The anguish of a mother

This reminds me of the US' shadow government, they are involved in government activities that we never hear about. I think she is correct to fear that her son will be used as an example, but I also think that she is trying to fight a powerful, invisible and ruthless enemy. I don't even think that there is hope for anything positive to come from this. These are the times I want to believe in god.

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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:23 PM

2. "... There was at one stage a suggestion that Mr Assange could be extradited to the USA (possibly to

Guantanamo Bay or to execution as a traitor). The only live evidence on the point came from the defence witness Mr Alhem who said it couldn’t happen. In the absence of any evidence that Mr Assange risks torture or execution Mr Robertson was right not to pursue this point in closing. It may be worth adding that I do not know if Sweden has an extradition treaty with the United States of America. There has been no evidence regarding this. I would expect that there is such a treaty. If Mr Assange is surrendered to Sweden and a request is made to Sweden for his extradition to the United States of America, then article 28 of the framework decision applies. In such an event the consent of the Secretary of State in this country will be required, in accordance with section 58 of the Extradition Act 2003, before Sweden can order Mr Assange’s extradition to a third State. The Secretary of State is required to give notice to Mr Assange unless it is impracticable to do so. Mr Assange would have the protection of the courts in Sweden and, as the Secretary of State’s decision can be reviewed, he would have the protection of the English courts also. But none of this was argued ..."
City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Sitting at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court)
The judicial authority in Sweden -v- Julian Paul Assange
Findings of facts and reasons


So, in the end, Assange did not argue in UK Courts that he could be extradited to the US from Sweden, but instead one of Assange's own witnesses indicated that the extradition to the US was factually impossible. And, in any case, as the UK Magistrate notes clearly, Assange could simultaneously fight any attempt, to extradite him to the US from Sweden, in both the UK and Swedish courts

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