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.
- 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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