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Tue Aug 7, 2012, 01:10 AM

Bodyguard fears Assange may face death [View all]

7 August, 2012 12:41PM AEST
By Samantha Turnbull
One of Julian Assange's bodyguards recently visited Lismore where he spoke to ABC North Coast

... He was imprisoned for 13 months during the first Gulf War for disarming a B-52 bomber in New York State and upon his return to Australia he disabled uranium mining machinery in the Northern Territory ...

"I think it's different for an Australian in trouble for drugs in Thailand or Bali, but if you're in trouble with the United States for political reasons the Australian Government are just going to serve you up," said Mr O'Reilly ...

"The English won't extradite for death penalty offences and the Swedes will," he said.

"So if he went from England they couldn't execute him" ...


It's an interesting article about an interesting character -- but, once again, as has become so common in the parallel-universe of Assange-supporters, certain claims presented as "facts" are not actually facts; and in this case, we should mention in particular Mr O'Reilly's death penalty claims. In fact, it has been somewhat over a century since the last execution in Sweden, and Sweden's extradition law, barring extradition unless capital punishment is ruled out, has been in place for decades



Look at Section 12:

... When extradition is granted the following conditions, when applicable, shall be prescribed: ...

3. A person who is extradited may not have the death penalty imposed for the offence ...

The Government shall otherwise prescribe such conditions as are considered necessary ...

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