London court’s ruling on Assange worthy of system of independent justice
- 04 January 2021
Chairman of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has said that the London court’s ruling blocking WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States is worthy of the system of independent justice, but the British judiciary system would need to test its independence after the US appeal, APA reports citing TASS.
"The fact that Assange was not to be extradited is generally a ruling worthy of a system of independent justice, in this case British justice. Frankly speaking, the judge’s reason, who merely refers to Assange’s suicidal inclinations, seems a bit odd. To my mind, the UK, as a member of the Council of Europe and a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, should have referred to the impossibility of defendants’ extraditions to the countries that use the death penalty, which is to the United States," Kosachev told reporters on Monday.
Nevertheless, the Russian senator assumed that the ruling is likely to be appealed by the US.
"And in this case the reasons like ‘we will for sure keep Assange from committing a suicide’ will come into play. It means that today’s ruling is subject to legal challenge, demagogic dilution and political pressure. I suspect, by referring to the Anglo-Saxon fellowship. And how independent British justice will eventually prove to be is yet to be seen by all of us," he says.