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WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

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WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

2024-05-21 13:49 Last Updated At:20:27

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday won a victory in his ongoing battle against extradition from the United Kingdom (UK) to the United States, after the High Court in London granted him permission to appeal.

Permission to appeal was to be granted only if the U.S. government was unable to provide the court with suitable assurances that Assange can rely on the First Amendment (free speech) for protection.

The U.S. government had to prove that Assange, who is Australian, will not be prejudiced at trial due to his nationality, and will be afforded the same protections as a U.S. citizen.

The U.S. side also had to provide assurance that Assange would not be sentenced to death if convicted.

According to Assange's legal team, it could be months before the new appeal is heard.

The latest move came after the High Court deferred a decision in March on whether Assange could take his case to another appeal hearing.

Assange supporters cheered at the news of the court's ruling. He was not in court on Monday for health reasons, but those present included his wife Stella Assange.

"The judges reach the right decision. The Untied States should read the situation and drop this case now. Now, it is the moment to do it," said Stella.

"Some people have sacrificed their own freedom for that of all the other people. Some people want to expose the truth, revealing the deeds that are labeled as 'state secrets.' Indeed, it has been proven that the so-called 'state secrets' can be criminal activities, just as Julian Assange and WikiLeaks exposed at that time," said a supporter of Assange.

Assange, 52, is wanted by the U.S. for allegedly disclosing national defense information following WikiLeaks's publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked military documents relating to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars a decade ago. These included Apache helicopter video footage of the U.S. military gunning down journalists and children in the streets of Baghdad in 2007.

Assange has been held at southeast London's high-security Belmarsh Prison since 2019. The UK approved his extradition to the U.S. in 2022, after a judge had initially blocked it due to concerns over his mental health. Assange and his lawyers have subsequently appealed.

WikiLeaks founder  wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder  wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder  wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

WikiLeaks founder wins High Court victory in case against extradition to U.S.

China's railways carried a total of 337 million tons of freight in May this year, up 2.8 percent year on year, with demand for coal-driven electricity as a driving force behind the movement.

The month saw nearly 71 million tons of freight transported by containers, up 20 percent year on year, according to statistics from China Railway.

According to China Railway, demand for electricity as summer approaches is keeping the railway system at high capacity. To support coal transportation of coal within the country and the export of Xinjiang coal, the average daily loading of coal on railways nationwide remained above 80,000 wagons and 55,000 wagons, respectively.

In international freight transport, China sent a total of 1,724 freight trains to Europe in May, sending 186,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, up 14 percent and 13 percent respectively year on year, setting a record for transport volume in a single month.

The China-Laos Railway carried 473,000 tons of cargo across the border in the month, up 16.2 percent year-on-year, along with a surge in fruit and vegetables transported to and from Southeast Asia.

China continues to promote its campaign to shift road freight to rail. Ports across the country are improving ship-to-train transshipment solutions with an average of 33,600 wagons transshipped per day, up 15.4 percent year-on-year.

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

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