ef. On Friday 10 December (Human Rights Day), a London Court of Appeal (High Court) overturned the rejection of the US extradition request for Julian Assange. Once again, Julian Assange is expected to be extradited to the US, where he could face up to 175 years in prison. His fiancée, Stella Morris, responded immediately and announced that she would appeal.
The “Frankfurter Rundschau” spoke of a “blatant failure of the rule of law” and commented “The court ruling is a disgrace. And not worthy of a state under the rule of law. [...] The judges have kowtowed to the United States, adopted their arguments and thus perpetuated the history of persecution and arbitrariness. Power is abused and human and civil rights are ignored in liberal democracies as well.”
According to the “Allgemeine Zeitung” from Mainz, people in certain circles are hoping for a signal from the new German foreign minister. For Annalena Baerbock, “who in the opposition had called for Assange’s immediate release, the case could become a test for the promised ‘values-based foreign policy’”.
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