Two WikiLeaks supporters who have written to their Members of parliament using the Don’t Extradite Assange Email your MP electronic tool have received identical answers from their MP who happen to be with the Conservative Party. Both were written on behalf of the their MPs Julia Lopez and Grant Shapps.
Here it is:
‘Name of MP’ is aware that in a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, the judge who oversees extradition requests has authorised the case to be sent to the Home Secretary for her final decision. This follows a Supreme Court ruling last month that Mr Assange’s case raised no legal questions over assurances the US had given the UK over how he is likely to be treated. The Home Secretary must now decide whether the US’ request for Mr Assange meets the remaining legal tests.
As you will be aware, in 2019, the Home Secretary signed an extradition warrant, following a request by the US Department of Justice. In making this decision, the then Home Secretary had limitations on what could be considered, in line with the Crime and Courts Act 2013; judgments on human rights or health issues can only be made in court. As you would expect, the Home Secretary will give due regard to the courts’ rulings in Mr Assange’s case.
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