US plans to send Assange to Australian jail if extradited for espionage

Protest for the release of Julian Assange in Australia.

The US authorities have proposed sending the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, to an Australian jail in case the British Justice finally approves his extradition to the United States for espionage.

The American legal team has alleged, in the framework of a judicial hearing initiated on Wednesday on his extradition, that the mental health of the Australian activist “it is not so fragile as not to support the system and prison conditions in the United States. ”

Attorney James Lewis has indicated that Assange “lacks a history of serious mental illness” and “he does not meet the requirements to be considered ill enough not to be able to avoid hurting himself,” according to information from the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

The US Prosecutor’s Office has accused Assange of committing almost twenty crimes for the leak of thousands of documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through WikiLeaks. If found guilty, he could face a maximum penalty of 175 years in prison, although Lewis has assured that the “longest sentence imposed for this type of crime is 63 months.”

The lawyer has also indicated that the authorities have promised to prevent Assange from being admitted to a maximum security jail before being tried and he has insisted that he will not be placed in isolation either.

“Once there are guarantees of adequate medical care, once it is clear that he will be repatriated to Australia to serve any sentence, we can safely say that the district judge would not have made the decision she made in the same way,” he said. in relation to the judge’s opinion Vanessa Baraitser, who has blocked Assange’s extradition for fear of taking his own life.

However, Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, He has accused the United States of “minimizing the seriousness of his client’s condition and the risk of suicide” and has clarified that the Australian Government has not given its approval on a possible repatriation.

Thus, he has clarified that although Australia gives the go-ahead, the judicial process in the United States could take a decade, a time that “Assange would remain in prison in conditions of extreme isolation “.


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