The stated timeline in Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s judgement of No US Extradition for Julian Assange reveals for the first time that Westminster Magistrates Court issued an arrest warrant for Julian Assange on 22/12/2017 after a diplomatic note from the US requested Mr. Assange’s provisional arrest pursuant to a criminal complaint. At the time Judge Emma Arbuthnot was the Chief Magistrate at Westminster Magistrates Court. She would have been aware of the warrant’s existence and would have probably signed it.
The issue of the warrant would have been part of a provisional US extradition request. Yet her rulings of 6/2/18 regarding the proportionality of bringing proceedings against Julian Assange in relation to violation of Bail terms and in particular her second ruling of 13/2/18 on the public interest of such proceedings are reached, are written as if US extradition proceedings had not been initiated in December 2017 and were not under way in the UK at the time of her ruling.
— Amelia Wittbeck (@Hanissee) January 10, 2021
Shocking. Read these side by side. On left, timeline in #Baraitser's #Assange judgment. Note: 22 Dec 2017 Westminster Court issues arrest warrant on behalf of USA. On right, in same court, her boss #Arbuthnot on 13 Feb 2018 dismisses #Assange's fears of US extradition #Corruption pic.twitter.com/v4YTvzBi8A
— Bella Magnani ⏳ (@BellaMagnani) January 11, 2021
Screenshot 1 is from District Judge (Magistrates’ Court) Vanessa Baraitser’s January 4th decision, in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court (but based at the Old Bailey).
Screenshot 2 is from Emma Arbuthnot’s Rulling 2 of 13 February 2018 on the public interest arguments of upholding or rescinding a 2012 arrest warrant against Julian Assange.
I have now requested through FOIA a copy of the arrest warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates Court and a copy of the diplomatic note from the Ministry of Justice. I will update this blog once I get a response.