Open Letter to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord chief Justice concerning chief Magistrate Arbuthnot

Please read this open letter concerning chief Magistrate Arbuthnot and if you agree with the contents please sign or/and comment in the available comments section below where is says “Leave a reply” . Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to jadc@protonmail.ch asking for your signature  (and if you wish, profession and country of residence) to be added to the Open Letter. 

16 July 2020

To: Lord Buckland robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk
Lord Burnett of Maldon contactholmember@parliament.uk
LCJ.office@judiciary.uk

OPEN LETTER TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR AND THE LORD CHIEF JUSTICE CONCERNING CHIEF MAGISTRATE ARBUTHNOT

We, the undersigned endorse and cosign the Misconduct Arbuthnot 15 07 2020 complaint filed by Ms Niki Konstantinidou with the UK Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) and registered under case number 33195/20. That complaint is made in respect of Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot. It is supported by strong evidence regarding the Chief Magistrate’s personal conduct outside the court, in connection with high-level political, military and intelligence players exposed by Mr Assange and WikiLeaks. [1]

We highlight the fact that Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot financially benefited from organisations exposed by WikiLeaks and that her husband and son were, at all relevant times, connected to military and intelligence individuals and entities working to take down the WikiLeaks organisation and its founder, Mr Assange. The investigative report entitled “Julian Assange’s judge and her husband’s links to the British military establishment exposed by WikiLeaks” [2] states the following:

“It can also be revealed that Lady Arbuthnot has received gifts and hospitality in relation to her husband, including from a military and cybersecurity company exposed by WikiLeaks. These activities indicate that the chief magistrate’s activities cannot be considered as entirely separate from her husband’s.”

“At a time when Lady Arbuthnot was in her former position as a district judge in Westminster, she personally benefited from funding together with her husband from two sources which were exposed by WikiLeaks in its document releases.”

“Although the payments were entered into the parliamentary register of interests, the parties in the court case were not informed about them. Although Assange’s trial has attracted significant criticism around the world, Lady Arbuthnot did not consider it necessary to mention these payments to the parties, public and media.”

“There is no suggestion that Lord Arbuthnot was asked to, or did, exert any pressure on Lady Arbuthnot, nor that she succumbed to any such pressure, but there is an appearance of bias which could have been avoided had this connection been revealed and had Lord Arbuthnot avoided meeting those individuals at that time.”

“Thus at the same time Lady Arbuthnot was presiding over Assange’s legal case, her husband was holding talks with senior officials in Turkey exposed by WikiLeaks, some of whom have an interest in punishing Assange and the WikiLeaks organisation.”

The same article ends as follows:

“Conflicts of interest: Lord Arbuthnot’s links to the British military establishment constitute professional and political connections between a member of the chief magistrate’s family and a number of organisations and individuals who are deeply opposed to the work of Assange and WikiLeaks and who have themselves been exposed by the organisation.

UK legal guidance states that “any conflict of interest in a litigious situation must be declared.” Judicial guidance to magistrates from the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice is clear:

“Members of the public must be confident that magistrates are impartial and independent. If you know that your impartiality or independence is compromised in a particular case you must withdraw at once… Nor should you hear any case which you already know something about or which touches upon an activity in which you are involved”.

Our understanding is that Lady Arbuthnot has failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest in her role as judge or chief magistrate.

Lady Arbuthnot is known to have stepped aside from adjudicating two other cases due to potential conflicts of interest, but only after investigations by the media.”

The other Daily Maverick investigative report entitled “The son of Julian Assange’s judge is linked to an anti-data leak company created by the UK intelligence establishment” exposes Emma Arbuthnot’s conflicts of interest vis-a-vis her son. [3]

That report ends on this note:

“The CIA has made clear that it is “working to take down” the WikiLeaks organisation. It was recently revealed that the CIA was given audio and video of Julian Assange’s private meetings in the Ecuadorian embassy by a Spanish security company. These included privileged discussions with Assange’s lawyers who are now representing him in the extradition case overseen by Alexander Arbuthnot’s mother, Lady Arbuthnot.”

In the words of Prof. Nils Melzer (UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in his letter dated 29 October 2019 and attached hereto):

“It must be emphasized that it is the responsibility of the British State, and not of Mr. Assange or his defense counsel, to ensure that legal proceedings will be conducted in good faith, by independent and impartial judicial magistrates, and in full compliance with domestic and international law. The State’s duty to ensure due process protects an inherent public interest of systemic importance. Therefore, its effective enforcement cannot be left to the defendant’s discretion, or delegated to defense counsel, but must be proactively and consistently guaranteed by the State.”

Following certain FOI requests to the Ministry of Justice, we have only recently been informed of the “District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) Terms Of Appointment And Conditions Of Service (2009)”, purportedly applying to Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot.

Those Terms Of Appointment and Conditions of Service state, inter alia, the following:

“17. A District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) may be removed from office by the Lord Chancellor, with the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, on the grounds of incapacity or misbehaviour (s.22(5) Courts Act 2003). Such decisions are taken in accordance with the procedures contained in the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2006.

JUDICIAL CONDUCT

Personal Conduct

55. The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice believe that the public must be entitled to expect all judges to maintain at all times proper standards of courtesy and consideration. (…) A substantiated complaint of conduct of this kind, whether or not previous complaints have also been made, is in the Lord Chancellor’s and Lord Chief Justice’s view, capable of being regarded as misbehaviour.
62. General Principles. Judges must ensure that while holding judicial office they conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the authority and standing of a judge. They must not, in any capacity, engage in any activity which might undermine, or be reasonably thought to undermine, their judicial independence or impartiality. If in any case any question of bias arises, judges should follow the guidance in the decided cases, including the Court of Appeal judgment in Locabail (UK) Ltd v Bayfield Properties Ltd and Another (2000) Q.B. 451. Judges may not undertake any other remunerated employment, nor receive or retain any fee or emolument in any circumstances save for royalties earned as an author. They may not undertake any task or engage in any activity which in any way limits their ability to discharge their judicial duties to the full. They should so conduct their private affairs as to minimise the possibility of conflict or embarrassment. (…)
68. Political or other activities. A judge must expect to forgo any kind of political activity and also any other activity which could make undue demands on his/her time. He/she should be on his/her guard against circumstances arising in which his/her involvement in any outside activity might be seen to cast doubt on his/her judicial impartiality or conflict with his/her judicial office.
76. Misuse of office, etc. A judge should avoid any action which involves, or may be seen as involving, the exploitation or misuse of his/her judicial position or title for private purposes, e.g. in connection with local planning issues.

Complaints
79. (…) Any complaint which relates wholly or partly to the personal conduct of a judicial office holder will be dealt with by the Office for Judicial Complaints in accordance with the Judicial Discipline (Prescribed Procedures) Regulations 2006. (…)”

As stated above, according to evidence in the public domain, it is clear that Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot flagrantly misused her judicial status (as judge and supervisory chief magistrate in the Assange case) outside of court for personal gain or advantage; i.e., to protect and further her own personal interests, and those of her husband and son. Such misconduct falls within the remit of the JCIO because it is clearly within the ambit of “The Judicial Conduct (Judicial and other office holders) Rules 2014-Supplementary Guidance” published on the JCIO website. Rule 6 of the Guidance to the Rules states that the JCIO may only consider a complaint that contains an allegation of misconduct relating to the judge’s personal behaviour for example, a misuse of judicial status outside of court.

The failure by the competent UK authorities to seriously handle this outrageous judicial misconduct has already contributed to what the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer describes as “a murderous system” [4]. The Special Rapporteur states the following:

“We are talking about human rights and not about the rights of heroes or angels. Assange is a person, and he has the right to defend himself and to be treated in a humane manner. Regardless of what he is accused of, Assange has the right to a fair trial. But he has been deliberately denied that right – in Sweden, the U.S., Britain and Ecuador. Instead, he was left to rot for nearly seven years in limbo in a room. Then, he was suddenly dragged out and convicted within hours and without any preparation for a bail violation that consisted of him having received diplomatic asylum from another UN member state on the basis of political persecution, just as international law intends and just as countless Chinese, Russian and other dissidents have done in Western embassies. It is obvious that what we are dealing with here is political persecution. In Britain, bail violations seldom lead to prison sentences – they are generally subject only to fines. Assange, by contrast, was sentenced in summary proceedings to 50 weeks in a maximum-security prison – clearly a disproportionate penalty that had only a single purpose: Holding Assange long enough for the U.S. to prepare their espionage case against him.
What does it mean when UN member states refuse to provide information to their own Special Rapporteur on Torture?
That it is a prearranged affair. A show trial is to be used to make an example of Julian Assange. The point is to intimidate other journalists. Intimidation, by the way, is one of the primary purposes for the use of torture around the world. The message to all of us is: This is what will happen to you if you emulate the Wikileaks model.”

Under the supervision of Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, despite having a chronic lung condition and contrary to medical advice given the dangers posed by Covid19, Mr Assange continues to be denied bail and remains in Belmarsh prison where he is in his cell over 23 hours a day and not receiving the medical care he needs.

Scathing criticisms have been expressed by civil society (including a group called Doctors4Assange [5] and several journalists’ unions) as well as international organisations such as the Council of Europe (Mr Assange is listed on the Council of Europe’s Protection of Journalism / Safety of Journalists site). The context around the crimes perpetrated against Mr Assange is well laid out by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement issued on 20 February 2020 and entitled “Julian Assange should not be extradited due to potential impact on press freedom and concerns about ill-treatment” His statement discusses the context of Mr Assange’s political persecution, as follows:

“Julian Assange’s potential extradition has human rights implications that reach far beyond his individual case. The indictment raises important questions about the protection of those that publish classified information in the public interest, including those that expose human rights violations. (…) Consequently, allowing Julian Assange’s extradition on this basis would have a chilling effect on media freedom, and could ultimately hamper the press in performing its task as purveyor of information and public watchdog in democratic societies.”

It is disconcerting that despite overwhelming evidence in the public domain, the appropriate UK authorities found no reason to investigate Ms Arbuthnot’s conduct, when said conduct seems to be contrary not only to the rights of the defendant, but also against the aforementioned “inherent public interest”. It is extraordinary that they continue to be unperturbed by Ms Arbuthnot’s systematic disregard for the law. Among other things, her conduct seems to violate Mr Assange’s right to a fair trial, which is enshrined in article 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 (UK) and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Furthermore, it is interesting, that those authorities overseeing judicial conduct seem untroubled by the fact that Ms Arbuthnot has apparently made a habit of “stepping aside” only after she is exposed by the media. This time, although she felt pressured to “step aside” from the bench of the Assange case, she “stepped aside”…not very far. As Chief Magistrate, she is still the supervising legal figure of the case “responsible for… supporting and guiding district judge colleagues.”

In our view, there is clear prima facie evidence that Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot breached the “Terms Of Appointment and Conditions of Service” applying to her, as well as the relevant laws on judicial conduct.

As stated above, a substantiated complaint of conduct of this kind, whether or not previous complaints have also been made, is capable of being regarded as misbehaviour by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice. The Lord Chancellor may, with the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, remove a District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) from office on the ground of misbehaviour.

Given this longstanding unacceptable situation, we are signing this Open Letter, because the stultifying bureaucracy and gross negligence (to say the least) with which Mr Assange’s life is being handled has crossed all red lines. We are sounding the loudest alarm bells down History’s corridors. The wrongful actions and omissions of those responsible are on the record. Commodum Ex Injuria Sua Nemo Habere Debet (a wrongdoer should not be enabled by law to take any advantage from his actions).

We seek an immediate investigation of this matter as a matter of urgency and the removal of Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot from office on the ground of misbehaviour.

Endnotes:

[1]. See the “Daily Maverick”, with the latest article “REVEALED: Chief magistrate in Assange case received financial benefits from secretive partner organisations of UK Foreign Office” published on 21 February 2020 (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-02-21-revealed-chief-magistrate-in-assange-case-received-financial-benefits-from-secretive-partner-organisations-of-uk-foreign-office/)
[2]. (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-11-14-julian-assanges-judge-and-her-husbands-links-to-the-british-military-establishment-exposed-by-wikileaks/amp/)
[3]. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-11-15-conflicts-of-interest-judge-in-julian-assange-case-fails-to-declare-sons-links-to-uk-and-us-intelligence/
[4]. See https://www.republik.ch/2020/01/31/nils-melzer-about-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange
[5]. See, Doctors4Assange in The Lancet: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2820%2930383-4 and at https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(20)31444-6.pdf
Expert testimony on the risks of Covid-19 in prisons and detention facilities. NB: A more specific document was provided in relation to Belmarsh; that document is not yet in the public domain. http://prisonreformtrust.org.uk/portals/0/documents/COKER_Report_HL_PRT.pdf
[6]. https://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/julian-assange-should-not-be-extradited-due-to-potential-impact-on-press-freedom-and-concerns-about-ill-treatment#59640414_888376_True

For Signatories see replies and the supplementary list here:

I endorse this letter.  The travesty of Julian Assange’s trial should be halted and he should be released immediately and  unconditionally.  The authorities – domestic and international – should deploy all necessary resources to urgently investigate and prosecutute the myriad of crimes that Wikileaks has exposed.

In addition to the signatories in the blog posts replies, here are endorsements received via E-mail:

1.Tim Hart
2.Dr Vacy Vlazna, Sydney, Guringai Country, Australia
3.Christina Downes. Retired lecturer, UK
4.James Mealey
5.Tom Marwick, Australia
6.Alessandra Barzini
7.Anna Fauzy-Ackroyd (UK)
8.Patricia Dahl, New York City
9.Christopher Clifford Willsher
10.Paul Winter, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Ret’d Royal Signals and oil industry
11.Robert Small, Manitoba, Canada
12.Steph Tremaine
13.John Tremaine
14.Debbie Tremaine
15.Michelle Gatehouse
16.Jason Gatehouse
17.Nicole Tremaine
18.Darren Tremaine
19.Heather Searle
20.Melanie Searle
21.Chrissy Wright
22.Andrea Moyle
23.Judy Masters
24.Cathy Neuman
25.Graham Neuman
26.Meaghan Louise
27.Sonja Doonan
28.Daniel O’Connell
29.Chantel Scollard
30.Emily McPhee
31.Chinae McPhee
32.Jessica Westcott
33.Kip Lisle
34.Fletcher Brown
35.Jade Sutton
36.Far Boonkun
37.Scott Farrows
38.Kristian Wormington
39.Casey Archer
40.Hayley Maddison
41.Sarah Stroczan
42.Johanna Zupp
43.Jacob Cousins
44.Jason Dayal
45.Adam Treloar
46.Byron Deluca
47.Danny Swift
48.Dekota Rusak
49.Leigh Spencer-Gill
50.Cory Sharer
51.Gemma Hespe
52.Ella Macauley
53.Jackie Wallace
54.Lauren Johnson
55.Tim Horgan
56.Luke Knappstein
57.Daniel Cooney
58.Luke Cooney
59.Alice Cooney
60.Aditya Bhatia
61.Shirley Clements
62.Joanna Cecere-Palazzo
63.Kate Rose
64.Amy Lauren
65.Kate Simpson
66.Leah Byron
67.David James
68.Sebastian Hudson
69.Celeste Mack
70.Hope Bodnar
71.Steven Eigan
72.Alison Ashby, Skegness, UK
73.Robyn Stokes Australia
74.David Maple, UK citizen
75.Irina Volg
76.Audrey Hadley
77.Margaret Wesley, NZ
78.Ally Cat Bach, Australia
79. Rin Roche

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132 Responses to Open Letter to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord chief Justice concerning chief Magistrate Arbuthnot

  1. Richard Tye says:

    Richard Tye

    • djmadar says:

      Thank you for everything you’ve done Julian.

      It is a disgrace that our so-called free society is treating him this way. Flagrant disregard for justice, fairness or the rule of law.

      Such a shame our government busy trying to blame Russia on everything

  2. zrpradyer says:

    An excellent letter expressing my sentiments – thank you.

    How ashamed I am of the deterioration in public life of this once proud nation.

    Wishing you well in your mission of bringing justice to the innocent.

    • Ana Garcia says:

      Great letter and ever greater courage in writing it. Thank you.

      Ashamed indeed is how I feel too. GB and London in particular provided a safe refuge for me when my country of birth had let me down so badly. Since then British people have allowed their regard for truth, justice and accountability to gradually become a regard for lies and injustice instead. Whistleblowers / truth tellers are punished while many of the responsible ones for the crimes / wrong doing exposed seem to be rewarded. What does this say to society’s youth about their grown up role models? Is this the path we want them to continue following?

  3. Texas says:

    I support your efforts to end the torture of Julian Assange, an independent journalist and publisher. Free people need a free and independent press. Assange published true facts. This is what a free press does.

  4. Anna Palczynska says:

    Thank you! I fully agree with your assessment and request for investigation.

  5. Paula Iasella says:

    Paula Iasella. I agree wholeheartedly with this open letter. Emma Arbuthnot’s family connections with organizations that Wikileaks exposed their corruption should require her removal completely, in all capacity, from the Assange case.

  6. Inflatable Whale says:

    Thanking those involved for their continued efforts to get justice for JA and truth to the ppl.

  7. Robert Marshall says:

    The UK needs to fix the Assange situation. The UK Home of the Magna Carta is turning into a Banana Republic. Shameful.

  8. Jude Fleming says:

    Jude Fleming, Human Rights Defender, author, artist

    Thank you Niki K for a phenomenal letter.

  9. Highly commendable action. This fight must continue at all levels until Julian is freed.

  10. Kuiper says:

    In this letter is all i had experienced in reading the articles, comments and videos . Compliments for for all the work in this. Many people who know about Assanges case will confirm thie content in this letter and will shout out the injustice in court and the denying of human rights in UK.
    SO #FREEASsANGE and #FreePress and #FairJustice.

  11. paula iasella says:

    Paula Iasella. I agree with this open letter entirely. Emma Arbuthnot is another player in a long line of elites covering up their corruption by persecuting and silencing Assange. It’s been known for over a year that her family’s exposure in WikiLeaks docs was reason for her to step aside. She only stepped far enough to hide in the wings and pull the strings of the callous Vanessa Baraitser. It’s a shameful show trial which will go down in the history books as the kangaroo trial of the century in its attempt to criminalize free press as a means to cover up corporate and govt war crimes.

  12. Brognon Monique says:

    I would like to add my signature to this letter.

  13. Josephine Milligan says:

    I completely endorse this letter.

    The willful dishonest and deceitful actions carried out by the British Government and its Judiciary against Julian Assange have been unconscionable. They have shown themselves to be corrupt to the core and this trial has been nothing more than a show trial, nothing to do with justice.

    The fact that Arbuthnot and her equally corrupt puppet, Judge Barraitser, care little for the fact that Julian Assange’s only “crime” has been that he is a journalist who has exposed SERIOUS crimes kept secret by Governments, shows that the British Government and its Judiciary are complicit in wanting to hide SERIOUS crimes. They would rather see Julian Assange die from torture and covid than concede the possibility that he did the world a huge public service. To use the excuse that Julian Assange is a flight risk is a complete joke and a pitiful excuse: he is seriously ill and he has a young family.

    The question is, is there enough decency left in the British Judicial system to do the right thing? It is truly a grotesque travesty of justice.

  14. Jeremy Caplan says:

    Thank you for this letter. Assange deserves a fair trial, not abuse. When she called him a “narcissist” in open court before ever meeting him she made her bias clear.

    • butlincat says:

      She and her cronies are drunk with power. It’s shameful.

    • Katya Compass says:

      Jeremy, just a little note. It was Judge Snow who called him a “narcissist”. But Arbuthnot did all the other tricks to get him in her torture chamber. She should be removed and if there’s any justice, she should be prosecuted for the crime of torture.

  15. Jamie Ewing says:

    I support this letter with my name (Jamie Ewing). It is totally disgraceful the lack of due process given to Julian Assange, who is being tortured in Belmarsh prison, held in solitary confinement, denied access to his lawyers, refused bail and the UK Gov & justice system are complicit. Why have the respective Governments (UK, US, Swedish, Australian & Ecuador) all ignored the endless UN reports that refer to the public mobbing, psychological torture, false allegations by Sweden and now BIAST JUDGES in the UK Show trial. For this reason and many other the charges should be dropped and Julian released immediately and compensated.

  16. butlincat says:

    What has been going on for far too long is barbaric. #FreeAssange #FreeSchulte

  17. Tess Maskell says:

    I couldn’t agree more with this letter. Free Julian Assange.

  18. Nerina Vaughan says:

    Please add my signature

  19. Nikola Mitev says:

    I support the complaint and this letter.

  20. sigerico says:

    Agreed. It’s throughly despicable. You have my endorsement.

  21. Allen Jasson says:

    This is an excellent statement of the many outrageous contrivances that degrade and expose this trial of Julian Assange to be, in the words of Nils Melzer a “political persecution” as part of “a murderous system”. It is clearly being conducted in collaboration with the perpetrators, aiders and abettors of Criminals exposed by Wikileaks.

    What is at stake here is not merely public confidence that magistrates are impartial and independent but that there still exist forces within the high-level architecture of the legal and government system that we all depend upon who remain committed to its integrity. Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot clearly represents the antithesis of impartiality and integrity.
    The trial of Julian Assange is not a trial of the man himself, it is a trial of the system that currently appears to be entirely corrupted to the interests of criminals who would have him persecuted.
    Erosion of public confidence in ‘a few bad apples’ is one matter of concern, but complete collapse of public confidence in the overall system of government and justice is quite another matter.

  22. Veronika Smurova says:

    Free Julian Assange now!!!

  23. jenny says:

    Thank you for this Letter!

    We must continue the fight to FREE Julian Assange.

    The Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno handed Julian over to the British Police in a cowardly act of self preservation due to his involvement in INA CORP (18 million bribe),

    Lenin Moreno is perceived as one of the most corrupt presidents in Latin America and he was used to achieve the UK’ and US’ objectives, capture and torture Julian Assange as a punishment for enabling the world to see the TRUTH!

    It is a travesty and one of the most transcendental violations of human rights and the Ecuadorean constitution. Julian Assange must be freed and Lenin Moreno must be behind bars!

  24. Wolf Goehring says:

    I completly support this open letter

  25. josiane greggio says:

    Je voudrais également signer cette lettre,le courage de Julian Assange renforce chaque jour notre détermination à le soutenir!

  26. Thank-you for this brilliant letter. I wholly support this protest against the cruel and malevolent slow motion murder of an innocent & courageous man

  27. Sam Broughton says:

    I support this open letter wholeheartedly and call for the immediate release of Julian Assange AND COMPENSATION FOR THE SUFFERING INFLICTED UPON HIM BY THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT THESE PAST FEW YEARS!

  28. denise flood says:

    i endorse this letter

  29. Clare Stranack says:

    Thank you for this letter. the case of Julian Assange is a watermark in the history of so-called liberal nations in the West. He must not be extradited.

  30. Thank you for an EXCELLENT Letter. Bravo.
    Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot MUST be removed from office immediately for Conflict of Interests and misbehaviour. If the Chief Chancellor and Chief Justice do not sack her with all these evidence provided, it’ll be another reason for Assange’s defence to call for an UNFAIR TRIAL! Plus, more clear evidence of the corruption of the UK “justice” system, and the Travesty of Justice on Assange’s case. They have the gall to say that “Assange is not ABOVE the Law”. Well, neither are them.

    Shame on the UK!!

  31. Steve says:

    Arbuthnot should be disbarred and publicly disgraced for her vindictive & biased rulings.

    • I would also add Venessa Bareister. Equally gross in her courtroom misconduct. According to John Peoplget, whose balanc d observations I respect, he observed at the hearings Bareister’s appalling attitude towards Assange. Her decisions also seemed to come “pre-wrapped”. Therefore it is clear there was no consultation and weighing up of material presented by Assange’s legal representatives. Bareister had her d visions ready made, with youthful Americans running back and forth in the hearing- clearly mouthpu c s for the current administration

  32. Andrew Shevlin says:

    Free Assange, jail the war criminals!

  33. Adam says:

    I co-sign!

  34. Kaleigh says:

    I fully support this letter.
    Well done.

  35. Susan Benn says:

    I fully support this excellent letter. I am endorsing this as someone who has known Julian well since 2010 and as a Trustee of The Courage Foundation which exists to defend courageous people like Julian who exposed war crimes in the public interest.
    Due process of UK law does not exist in Julian’s case.
    The British government is politically manipulating the process.

  36. Gabriel Morales says:

    I fully endorse this letter which conveys the feeelings and ideas all good people should have about.this painful issue which shows what the future of liberties may well be if we do not stop this mascarade.

  37. Birgit V. says:

    I co-sign this letter.

  38. Viktor DEDAJ says:

    Signing : Viktor Dedaj – journalist- France

  39. Manuel Pardo says:

    Thank you! I fully agree with your assessment and request for investigation.

  40. BADARD Claudine says:

    Je soutiens cette lettre. Julian Assange doit être libéré sans condition et immédiatement

  41. Ruth Powell says:

    I fully support this letter.
    Time to respond, please!

  42. James Mealey says:

    Its absolutely astonsihing that conflicts of this nature have to be spelt out to Arbuthnot.
    Her stock in trade, after all, is meant to centre on the ability to impartially evaluate evidence in order to reach a balanced judgement.

    Are no senior figures within the legal establishment not alarmed by this egregious oversight, or more importantly the broader issue of state power being misused to torture a journalist in a high security prison?

    The contemptible apathy of the MSM as well as most political figures illustrate how pervasive the influence of the US has become, especially when it comes to anything that might threaten their sinister geopolitical ambitions.

  43. Monique says:

    Je tiens à appuyer cette lettre dénonçant les abus de pouvoir scandaleux de membres de la magistrature britannique.

  44. Sergey says:

    Please, missis Arbuthnot and missis Baraitser, let Julian Assange free. I dont want judge you, dont judge Assange wrong way

  45. Yes, I’d like my name added to the signatures. Please make a box where we fill in our name and email address etc and click validate because this way just takes too much time to get through and sign, you’ll lose a lot of potential signatures without clear boxes to fill in and click “validate”.

    • Katya Compass says:

      Perhaps WiseUp can find a way to accommodate people who wish to sign in a faster fashion but are having difficulties. In the meantime, it’s great to have the comments of people. Petitions collect signatures, but little feedback. Thank you Charlotte for your support and your feedback. It’s much appreciated!

  46. Meurig says:

    I fully support this letter, not to do so would be to accept biased + corrupt law.

  47. sue taylor says:

    Consider my signature appended here. I wholeheartedly endorse this request. Justice must be done.

  48. Lilain Duffy says:

    I fully endorse the grave & erudite objections to the travesty of justice this extradition hearing of Julian Assange, wanted by the highest ranking officials in US, for purposes that can only be described as ‘sinister’; I am referring here to the many death threats aimed at Mr Assange, and able to be viewed on YouTube readily. I have lodged a formal objection against Lady Arbuthnot’s failure to recuse, and against Chief Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser, who handling of the hearing can only be described as appallingly unprofessional. Both complaints were lodged through the appropriate formal channels. I can only hope that the corrupt behaviour of the UK judiciary will be terminated and I suggest that not only should Mr Assange and his family be compensated, but that actions will be taken to provide a legal remedy against the malpractice of both Lady Arbuthnot and Vanessa Baraitser,
    Sincerely,
    Lilain Duffy

  49. Aggie Lukaszewski says:

    The persecution of Julián Assange and the free press he represents is the reason for the crumbling of faith in a just government.

  50. I am most concerned that due process and a transparent legal appointment has not been been achieved in the US v Julian Assange case proven by Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot’s conflicts of interests as well documented here. I fully support this letter to right this injustice and to avoid claims of misfeasance, nepotism and acting ultra vires of judicial power.

  51. Alina Lilova says:

    I fully endorse the request that Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot be removed from office and an investigation be conducted into why she failed to disclose her conflicts of interest in the Julian Assange case and why, far from recusing herself, she continues to play a supervisory role even after the media revealed her clear lack of neutrality. Assange must be freed immediately and compensated.

  52. Elisabeth Robyn says:

    I totally agree with this letter! In fact i rejoice that, at long last, such a legitimate initiative has been undertaken! It’s a long awaited for, truly inspiring document! Wishing immediate success!

  53. Kitty Hundal says:

    I agree fully with this Open Letter. It is the job of the Judicial System to protect the people from abuses of power and corruption and to ensure that Justice is not only done but seen to be done. If we can’t trust the Judicial System to do their job, who can we trust?

  54. María Eugenia says:

    Julian Assange is Innocent. Freeforhimnow

  55. María Eugenia says:

    Julian Assange is Innocent. Release him now

  56. Gretchen Rodriquez says:

    I am American and I want Julian Assange freed NOW! There are NO grounds to hold him, he is an innocent publisher!

  57. Mark Brooks says:

    I totally support this letter.
    Furthermore, the persecution of a journalist for publishing TRUTH about WARCRIMES is morally wrong, ethically bankrupt & sets a very dangerous precedent.
    The trial that should be taking place, should be happening at The Hague, Julian Assange should be a witness for the prosecution, and the accused should be past & present officials of the US government. That will not happen yet, because ‘international.law’ is still a stick, wielded by the powerful, to punish the weak. i.e. It’s a farce. But this particular farce – the persecution of Julian Assange – can be, and should be, stopped, right here and now.
    Do the right thing

  58. Alex Hills says:

    I would like to sign this open letter myself as well as on behalf of more than 900 Free Assange NZ supporters and if I may on behalf of 2,300+ members worldwide of Candles4Assange ❤️

  59. Alan Dow says:

    The UK justice system is as much on trial here as Julian Assange. It has already proven itself guilty and secured its own noose. Drastic action is needed to prevent the next step into an abyss from which there can be no return.

  60. Lupe says:

    I endorse this letter. The travesty of Julian Assange’s trial should be halted and he should be released immediately and unconditionally. The authorities – domestic and international – should deploy all necessary resources to urgently investigate and prosecutute the myriad of crimes that Wikileaks has exposed.

    Lupe Canizales

  61. Michael Lane says:

    The flagrant bias of Lady Arbuthnot and Vanessa Baraitser’s misconduct of the case against Julian Assange should have led to a mistrial and his immediate release. That this travesty of the British justice sustem is taking place in the birthplace of the Magna Carta is a national disgrace.
    Please add my signature.

  62. Steven Howden says:

    I fully endorse this letter, Steven Howden @AssangeScotland

  63. Robyn Gilbertson says:

    I fully support this letter.
    (Dr) Robyn Gilbertson
    Australia

  64. Corinne HENRY, signature. Co-fondatrice du groupe Facebook français d’actions et d’informations “Assange l’Ultime Combat” aujourd’hui plus de 8 100 membres qui a organisé des déplacements à Londres, des lives pendant le confinement et des rassemblements à Paris. J’approuve pleinement cette lettre, que la vérité et la justice soient! Immédiatement… Corinne HENRY, signature. Co-founder of the French Facebook action and information group “Assange l’Ultime Combat”, now with more than 8,100 members, which has organised trips to London lives during the pandemy and rallies in Paris. I fully endorse this letter, truth and justice have to be!
    #FreeJulianAssange

  65. G Jackson says:

    Please add my signature

  66. Assange supporter says:

    Please add my signature

  67. Adrian Rupp says:

    I fully support this letter and would you please add my signature.

  68. John Anthony Leehane says:

    I read this open letter.
    I’ll sign it, add my name.

    John A Leehahe (aka on twitter as @AtchaJohn)

  69. Janet Hassall says:

    Outrageous that he is stll detained. Free Assange now! I support this letter.

  70. c. porter says:

    Free Julian Assange. Defend him against these gangsters. Please add my signature to the letter.

  71. Chris Parker says:

    Prove that justice exists in England! Assange is innocent!

  72. Trevor Robinson says:

    I endorse this letter. Please end Julian Assange’s torture for the “crime” of independent journalism and exposing war-crimes.

  73. Jan Rock says:

    I add my signature to this letter.
    Please show us, Justice still exists.

  74. Torti says:

    Free Julian Assange. Agathe Torti

  75. De Cock says:

    I co-sign this letter. Thank you.

  76. Xanthe says:

    Please add my signature to the open letter; a catalogue of infamy directed toward a truly heroic soul.

  77. Sheila Stewart says:

    I fully concur! Free Julian Assange! Free speech; journalism is NOT a crime! Human Rights – save Julian Assange Now.

  78. Julie Pack says:

    Julie Pack – I wholeheartedly agree with this letter and wish to add my name. The USA have made their intentions known and I’ve never believed he would ever be given a fair trial. I had expected U.K. justice to be fair and just. Julian Assange is a journalist that exposes crime and corruption and has been persecuted shamelessly because powerful people seek vengeance and as a warning to others. He is not only fighting for his freedom he is fighting for his life. U.K. mainstream media remain silent on this historical case and I wonder why that is? Could it be that if the facts of this case were known to a wider audience the British people would see how corrupt our government and justice system has become? For judge Snow to call Julian a narcissist shows bias, it’s personal. If that wasn’t bad enough, the facts detailed in this letter clearly show that Emma Arbuthnot should never have any involvement in this case or influence and should be removed immediately. People around the world are paying attention to how we are mistreating Julian and as a U.K. citizen I am enraged at the cruelty and injustice of it all. We are supposed to be allies with the US but in this instance we are partners in crime. Have we fallen so low as a country that we submit to America’s demands and extradite Julian without allowing him a fair and just ( unbiased ) trial. This story of Julians treatment and trial will be told and repeated and remembered as well as the names of all those involved. Will the U.K. be remembered for his imprisonment and torture or for giving him justice by refusing his extradition and giving him back his freedom? Time will tell but do not deny this man a fair trial. Journalism is not a crime, truth will always be found. Free Assange

  79. Magda Kovacs says:

    Please add my signature

  80. James Amend, Ph.D. says:

    …Please add my signature as well – the continuing unlawful imprisonment and torture of Julian Assange must end. Those responsible for his treatment are the ones who must be hunted down and punished. The only possibility for free, transparent information for all of us is total REVOLUTION – time to end the corporate Fascist oppression revealed through the heroism of Julian Assange…

  81. Karen-Sina says:

    Please add my signature. I support this letter.

  82. Deborah Iannotti Seemayer-Iannotti says:

    I too, seek an urgent and immediate investigation into this matter and the removal of Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot from office on the ground of misbehaviour. This entire fiasco is a farce and all authorities should be ashamed at their treatment of Julian Assange.

  83. I support this letter. We need an investigation in this case. Please add my signature to this letter.

  84. Adrian Dickensoin says:

    I absolutely endorse the contents of this letter – end the torture of Julian Assange and remove the conflicted judge.

    Adrian Dickenson, Hove, East Sussex.

  85. Ayana Behati says:

    Please add my signature

  86. Elise Histed says:

    Please add my signature to this letter. I support it in every respect. Dr. Elise Histed

  87. butlincat says:

    Pls add my signature = J. Graham

  88. Max Juss Cook says:

    Great Work!
    Please add my signature; Max N Cook (Australia)

  89. sylvia bennet says:

    Arbuthnot has disgraced the legal system of Britain. Her flouting of the law in regards to the case of Julian Assange has brought Britain and its’ legal system into disrepute. In order to retain any semblance of honesty and faith in how Britain executes the law, Arbuthnot must be removed.

  90. Gareth Watson says:

    Gareth Watson

  91. Francesca Brock says:

    Please add my name.

  92. oscar says:

    Please add my name

  93. kevin marley says:

    Please add my name

  94. Cheryl Sanchez says:

    CHERYL JADC. We need to send a clear message to the UK Judiciary operating as a vassal state judiciary, You cannot imprison an innocent Journalist and Publisher for doing journalism, even if, what he printed was 1005 accurate.The uk Extradition Act 2003 is one sided and, should be repealed now. US laws should be for US citizen who has committed crimes within US national borders. Julian Assange is not a US citizen.

  95. I, Sarolta Elizabeth Kérészy whole heatedly endlrse this open letter to the Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland and Lord Chief Justice Robert Burnett, Lord Malden. It is erudite, containing all the valid arguments, backed up with the appropriate sources pertaining to the disgraceful farce surrounding the unlawful retaining of Julian Assange. A pathetic charade acted out by two corrupt convenors in the his cade- judge Emma Arbuthnot and Magistrate Vanessa Bareitser.Arbuthnots interests in this case should have recused her long ago. Continuing to supervise the hearings is ensuring that her personal agenda in this matter is fulfilled. Bareitser has shown appalling lack of equanimity.those present at the hearings have been appalled by her rudeness towards Assange- clearly more in place in South Africa orbin Israel. She too has her own axe to grind and having family ties with active Zionists in Israel will leave little doubt as to where her interests lie, as well as a gratitude for an Israeli pension her husband is in receipt of. Neither of them should be anywhere near this case- such as it is- having dragged the British justice system into the sewer and made a mockery of the legal profession. Lord Malden’s guide to Judges and Magistrates in March,regarding handling of cases and sentencing during the pandemic went totally unheeded. Not only should both be removed from this case but proceedings should be taken against them as unfit to practice their profession and for their corruption to be recognised for what it is, with the most serious of consequences.
    S.E.Kérészy

  96. Robin Spalding says:

    Please add my name

  97. Andy Alcock says:

    I too endorse this letter. It is interesting to see the conservative British authorities – while bragging about the fairness of their legal system – are doing nothing about this corruption in high places and are persecuting Julian Assange and violating his human rights after he exposed international crimes against human rights and corruption. The hypocrisy, mendacity, arrogance and corruption of these people should stir us all to action. Free Julian Assange and other whistle blowers and imprison the real criminals!

  98. John Rogers says:

    Please add my name to this open letter.

  99. Corazon Renata says:

    I fully endorse the contents of this letter and act in the capacity of signatory to it. By doing so I am in the company of anyone who upholds the rule of law both in the UK and abroad. By abroad I mean those countries involved with the case of Julian Assange, not limited to, Sweden, U.S.A., Australia. It is my understanding of the case against Julian Assange that no case exists against him in law. Furthermore his arbitrary detention as a political prisoner of the U.K. is unlawful and has been condemned by the U.N.
    I hereby sign the attached email

  100. Jane Henderson says:

    I fully support this letter and would like my name ‘Jane Henderson’ signed upon this letter.

  101. Jane Brownrigg says:

    I fully endorse the contents of this letter and act in the capacity of signatory to it. By doing so I am in the company of anyone who upholds the rule of law both in the UK and abroad. By abroad I mean those countries involved with the case of Julian Assange, not limited to, Sweden, U.S.A., Australia. It is my understanding of the case against Julian Assange that no case exists against him in law. Furthermore his arbitrary detention as a political prisoner of the U.K. is unlawful and has been condemned by the U.N.
    I hereby sign the attached email. Sincerely Jane Brownrigg

  102. Mrs J E Patel says:

    I wish to endorse this letter and appeal to the Lord Chancellor to correct these huge injustices which Mr. Assange is suffering, immediately. Thank you in advance.

  103. Antonia says:

    Please add my name too. Antonia Omirou

  104. Bel Nash says:

    I completely endorse this letter

  105. Ronald Joyal says:

    Please add my name.

  106. Omar Misa says:

    Probably everyone aware of Assange’s circumstance have come to judgement on his extradition to the U.S. Fellow responders departing from that cynical prejudice by petitioning for adherence to judicial protocol.

  107. Mariana Duran says:

    Mariana Duran signs too, Free Assange!

  108. Anne Wright says:

    Please add my name

  109. Zulfqar Ali says:

    I endorse and fully support this letter.
    Zulfqar Ali

  110. Harley Price says:

    I endorse the contents of this letter and fully support it and its objectives.

    Harley Price

  111. Florencia Prado says:

    I fully endorse and support this letter

  112. Maria Nolden says:

    I entirely support the letter and ask for the immediate release of Julian!!

  113. Patricia Gracian says:

    I have been watching the actions of the proceedings against journalist/publisher Julian Assange and have frankly been astonished at the lack of equanimity and the injustice happening in his treatment and hearings. It is fully explained by realizing that the judges have enormous conflicts of interest and have therefore a huge stake in making sure he is convicted- regardless of the ridiculous and flimsy charges that have been multiplied to produce a pre-ordained death sentence.
    Both Lady Arbuthnot and Chief Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser MUST BE REMOVED!
    Both have a personal stake in convicting Assange.

    And “Judge” Baraitser spends her time in the hearings countering Defense arguments on behalf of the Prosecution!!!
    The judge is doing the work for the Prosecution!

    Please protect the honor and integrity of the UK Judicial System.
    Please end the disgusting and UN-condemned persecution of Julian Assange.
    The charges have been credibly refuted by the Defense, only to be ignored by Judge Baraitser.
    The Defendant has been precluded from access to his lawyers.
    Any intermittent conversations with his lawyers have been defiled by constant surveillance.
    The entire proceeding is an affront to Justice.

    The least that should happen is immediate removal of Lady Arbuthnot & Judge Baraitser, to be replaced by honorable judges with NO TIES TO THE CASE.
    Julian Assange should be freed due to the frivolous charges that condemn him for being a journalist.
    Please stop the dishonorable proceedings against Julian Assange and set him free.
    I hereby also add my name to this letter to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.

  114. Josephine Unwin says:

    Please add my name

  115. kathy mcdonald says:

    please add my name in support of Julian Assange.

  116. Michael Evans says:

    I add my signature to this letter, in defence of freedom of speech, to expose corruption on all levels throughout the world.

  117. Karina Fernandes says:

    Karina Fernandes
    adding my name in support of Julian Assange and freedom of the press

  118. Sandra says:

    Please add my name.

  119. tony wakeham says:

    How about a letter to the Queen, after all, Julian is in Her Majesties Prison Belmarsh. It may be worth reminding her of her obligations.

  120. Harriet Evans says:

    I would like to sign this letter too. The UK and international establishment have grossly violated Assange’s human rights with terrifying implication for the future of the free press and freedom of speech. We need to break through the mainstream media silencing of our views

  121. Kathleen Cain says:

    I fully support all points presented in this letter. KPlease add my name.

  122. Steven Wilson says:

    Please add my name. Thank you. Steven Wilson

  123. I find it shameful what is done in my name.

    As a member of the NEC of the Libertarian Party I supported those who defended the British judicial system when it would have been politically popular to criticize it. I felt that an independent judiciary was the last line of defence for the protection of our liberties.

    What we have seen in the treatment of Julian Assange by the British justice system not only undermines Julian Assange’s rights to due process it will undermine faith in British justice.

    I urge, particularly those in the judiciary who have the power to change things to get involved. If you value British justice and what it is supposed to stand for this can not, and should not be allowed to continue.

    • Allen Jasson says:

      Regrettably, these same people you speak of, the people in the judiciary who have the power to change things, have sat on their hands even as the fundamental platform of British Justice, Habeus Corpus, was washed away during the last ‘sky is falling’ media frenzy over terrorism (most of it actively engaged and supported by the state). [French CoP at 7/7 – “Military grade explosives were used”, Australian Bomb Disposal experts at Bali Bombings – “Military grade explosives were used”] In my humble opinion, something much bigger is going on here.

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