WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his fiancée Stella Moris say British authorities prevent them from getting married. The couple has already taken legal action against the Minister of Justice, Dominik Raab, and the governor of the London Belmarsh Prison, where Assange Jenny Louis is staying.
Assange and Moris maintain that they were refused permission to marry in prison, despite having repeatedly sent out requests to do so.
“We are starting legal action because the UK government is illegally blocking and delaying our marriage. Our union request is now in the hands of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is working on behalf of the United States in the Assange case,” she wrote on Sunday on Twitter Moris. The woman thus linked the lack of reaction to the wedding with “hostility towards Assange by the US”
“The government has put us not only a complete and unlimited barrier against getting married, but also prevented us from starting the steps leading up to it. Such behavior is unfair, irrational and malevolent,” she added.
Assange made a formal request to the office of prison governor Louis made on October 7. A few days later, his lawyers asked prison authorities for permission to visit Moris and a Greenwich civil registrar.
According to The Guardian, Louis was to inform Assange’s lawyers that she was obliged to hand over the case to CPS. In their view, however, “it is irrelevant as Assange has not been charged in the UK.” Raab and Louis have until November 12 to respond.
In early 2021, a British court refused to extradite Assange to the US side, arguing that his health did not allow it.
During the hearings in this case, which took place in October, the lawyers of the founder of “WikiLeaks” referred to new allegations against The CIA that was supposed to plan to kidnap or kill Assangeand this is supposed to “raise concerns about what will happen to him in the US.”
The Julian Assange case
The US is demanding the extradition of Assange in connection with the publication by WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011 of thousands of secret documents regarding operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, which, they argue, put many lives in danger. U.S. prosecutors have charged 50-year-old Assange with 17 counts of espionage and one computer crime, for which he faces up to 175 years in prison. Assange says the allegations are politically motivated.
In January this year, the trial judge, Vanessa Baraitser, ruled that while the publication of these documents – including the disclosure of the identities of Afghans and Iraqis helping Western forces – was indeed a crime, it could not be extradited to the US because he was in a bad mental state and there were concerns. that he could take his own life in prison.
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