UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Jeremy Corbyn asked the British Prime Minister if he accepted the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly resolution denouncing Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States. Without commenting on the case, Johnson said “the rights of journalists and whistleblowers must be respected.”
In a question and answer session to the Prime Minister on February 12, Labor Jeremy Corbyn called for a possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in Belmarsh high security prison in London, n never take place.
“This deep disparity with the United States will be known when the courts decide whether the editor of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, will be extradited to the United States on the charge of espionage for having denounced war crimes, murder of civilians and large-scale corruption,” said Mr.Corbyn.
— Defend Assange Campaign (@DefendAssange) February 12, 2020
The Leader of the Opposition also asked Boris Johnson if he agreed with a resolution of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, stating “that extradition should be combated and the rights of journalists and whistleblowers defended for the good of all of us.”
“I will not cite individual cases, but it is obvious that the rights of journalists and whistleblowers must be respected and this government will continue to do so,” said the Prime Minister.
He also commented on the London-Washington arrangements for extradition.
“To be frank, I think you gain a point in your description of our extradition arrangements with the United States and I believe that there are elements in this relationship which are unbalanced and which must be examined”, said Boris Johnson.
Parliamentary Assembly resolution
On 28 January, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution declaring that “continued detention and legal proceedings” concerning Julian Assange set a “dangerous precedent” for press freedom.
The Assembly, which includes 323 legislatures from 47 states, including the United Kingdom, approved the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, that the prosecution of Assange “must be prohibited” and that he must be released “as soon as possible”.
Prisoner in London
After his arrest on April 11, 2019 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he had taken refuge in 2012, Julian Assange was sent to the Belmarsh high security prison in London for violation of the terms of his parole. At the end of February, he will appear before the British courts, which must decide on the extradition request filed by the United States.
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