French court denied Julian Assange political asylum

French court denied Julian Assange political asylum

The well-known exposer of dark deeds and war crimes of the American authorities, the founder of the international non-profit organization WikiLeaks and the site of the same name, Julian Assange, was denied political asylum in France. The corresponding petition was filed by representatives of the human rights association Robin des Lois, several Western publications report at once.

In the request, human rights activists, in particular, tried to challenge a number of articles of the French code on the entry into the country and residence on its territory of foreign citizens, as well as on granting the right to asylum. However, the court of the commune of Creteil (a city eleven kilometers from Paris) completely rejected the application.

The court's verdict states that the circumstances of Assange's arrest and imprisonment, who is currently in a British prison, do not allow for an exception to the rules established by French law. According to the rules in force in the country, asylum applications can be submitted by foreign citizens residing in France itself or located on the territory of other states of the European Union, from which the UK withdrew at one time on its own initiative.

At the end of April 2022, a British court ruled to extradite Assange to the United States, and later the head of the United Kingdom's Interior Ministry, Priti Patel, approved the expulsion of the founder of WikiLeaks. In America, Julian Assange is accused of publishing classified information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disclosing other confidential state-level data. According to the totality of the articles, he faces a total of 175 years in prison. Assange, a native of Australia, turned 52 in July.

From 2012 to 2019, Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. However, under pressure from Washington and the British authorities, he was denied asylum, after which the creator of WikiLeaks was taken into custody.

At the same time, at the time of Assange’s arrest, the United Kingdom had not yet de jure left the European Union, the Brexit process was officially completed at midnight from January 31 to February 1, 2020. It is possible that on this basis the representatives of Robin des Lois are building a line of defense in the French court.

According to the French press, human rights activists from the association do not intend to give up and are going to appeal against the decision of the court of the commune of Creteil. In addition, the association called on the Minister of Justice of France, Eric Dupont-Moretti, to help resolve this issue.

In particular, we recently launched a petition whose goal is to gather as many supporters as possible to ask Monsieur Eric Dupont-Moretti to take action in this direction.

- said in a statement posted on the Robin des Lois website.

It is noteworthy that since February 2020, Dupont-Moretti has been a member of the international team of lawyers who defended Julian Assange. By the time he took office in July 2020, DuPont-Moretti had 145 acquittals, earning him the nickname "Acquittator" (The Justifier) ​​in the press.
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    1. +5
      6 September 2023
      Assange's naivety is striking. Like falling from the moon. If I were smarter, I would have lived in the Tambov region long ago under the name Ivanov. Or Ambartsumyan, if even more cunning.
      1. +1
        6 September 2023
        They can’t prove anything, but they will torture them to death, they are the most democratic. This is not where he once hid and asked for asylum.
        1. +1
          6 September 2023
          Quote from Mitos
          but they will torture you to death,

          This is freedom of speech in European style!
    2. ***
      — Snowden was luckier...
      1. +1
        6 September 2023
        Snowden was luckier

        He turned out to be even smarter than Assange: he stayed in Russia and did not move to any foreign embassy from where the impudent Saxons could easily demand him.
    3. 0
      6 September 2023
      And what about the French court? They somehow turned out to be there ... He allegedly violated the laws in another country, extradited him at the request of the United States, his mattresses are fiercely hated for leaking information and will never be released.
      1. 0
        6 September 2023
        Quote: Mikhail-Ivanov
        And what does the French court have to do with it? Somehow they ended up there...

        The European Union .... legally - they can ....
    4. +1
      6 September 2023
      We buy out all sorts of freaks from Ukraine, oligarchs, presidents, but we could save a real fighter against the West. I think he still has some interesting information in his bins
    5. 0
      6 September 2023
      "Freedom, Equality, Fraternity" is their empty declaration, just like the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen" known to many.

      It is erroneously believed, due to the widespread belief, that the motto belonged to the Jacobin community during the French Revolution.

      In fact, for the first time this motto was used on December 5, 1790 in the National Assembly by the French revolutionary and public figure Maximilian Robespierre, who delivered a speech on the organization of the National Guard. As an inscription on the flag of the guards, Robespierre proposed the slogan "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité". Quite sonorous and simple, it was quickly remembered by people and became the same symbol of the revolution as the Marseillaise or the Phrygian cap. And only later it becomes nationwide for France.

      Only the meaning of these words was initially liberal, since it expressed the idea of ​​freedom in the concept of liberalism, the rule of law and the equality of people before it, the unity of the nation in the struggle for liberal freedom.

      Initially, from the XNUMXth to the middle of the XNUMXth century, the slogan was used in a liberal republican sense. By the XNUMXth century, it received its rebirth in the ideology of socialism. And it was used equally by both liberals and socialists, so we can say that any supporters of the ideologies of the revolutionary liberation movement began to use it, but everyone will have their own understanding and interpretation. And often it was used simply as a screen for their true political views.

      Now compare it with the Soviet slogan "Peace, Labor, Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood, Happiness of all peoples." As you can see, the difference is huge!
    6. 0
      6 September 2023
      I wonder - on what basis did the British lock him up?
      The only reason is that “Assange’s 50-week sentence in Belmarsh prison for “failure to comply with the rules on bail” when moving to England 8 years ago expired on September 22, 2019, but he was denied release “for special reasons” by a special court decision.
      In fact, he is being held illegally. And nothing. precedent, however.
      1. 0
        6 September 2023
        The Swedes found a lady dishonored by Asange and, according to her statement, the British Scotland Yard detained him while trying to leave the Embassy of Bolivia unnoticed in a wig. There, the new Bolivian prezik played along with the Amers and Britons, depriving Asanzh of shelter.
        1. 0
          6 September 2023
          These women's charges have already been dropped. All that remains is an attempt to escape. But the punishment for it cannot be life. It's time to pinch one of the impudent ones in a similar way. M.b. will be able to exchange.
          1. 0
            6 September 2023
            You asked why the British locked him up.
            That was the rationale.
            The fact that later the Swedes themselves refused (but not completely) from their accusations, I am aware.
            The main thing is to continue to torment him as they want. And no one tells them.
    7. +1
      7 September 2023
      This is the vaunted Western democracy and human rights

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