A British choose has despatched the case of Julian Assange to Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel, who will determine whether or not the WikiLeaks founder ought to be extradited to america over the discharge of confidential paperwork.
The procedural step, in what has been a long-running and high-profile authorized battle, was introduced at a listening to in central London following a March determination to disclaim Australian-born Assange permission to enchantment towards his extradition.
The extradition order should now be signed by Patel, after which Assange can attempt to problem the choice by judicial overview.
A judicial overview entails a choose analyzing the legitimacy of a public physique’s determination.
Assange, 50, is needed in america on 18 prison expenses, together with breaking a spying legislation, after WikiLeaks printed 1000’s of secret US information in 2010.
He denies any wrongdoing.
Assange has been in a southeast London jail since 2019, and earlier than that was holed up within the Ecuadorean embassy within the English capital for seven years.