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Priti Patel signs an order to extradite Julian Assange to the US to face espionage charges 

Priti Patel signs an order to extradite Julian Assange to the US to face charges of espionage

Priti Patel today signed an order to extradite Julian Assange to the US to face charges of espionage and possibly 175 years in prison.

The Home Secretary has stamped the Westminster Magistrates’ Court order to fly the WikiLeaks founder to America for trial.

Assange, who is currently detained in Belmarsh prison in south-east London, has 14 days to appeal. WikiLeaks has already said they will.

The extradition of Julian Assange (pictured) to the United States has come a step closer today after Priti Patel signed a warrant saying he could be sent to the US

The extradition of Julian Assange (pictured) to the United States has come a step closer today after Priti Patel signed a warrant saying he could be sent to the US

A spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said: ‘According to the 2003 Extradition Act, the Secretary of State must sign an extradition order if there are no grounds for banning the order. Extradition requests are not sent to the Home Secretary until a judge decides it can go ahead after considering various aspects of the case.

On June 17, after consideration by both the Magistrates Court and the High Court, the extradition of Mr Julian Assange to the US was ordered. Mr. Assange reserves the normal 14-day right to appeal.

“In this case, the UK courts have not ruled that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange.

“Nor have they determined that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and freedom of expression, and that he will be treated appropriately in the US, including in connection with his health.”

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