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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s battle to avoid extradition to the US will go to the UK Supreme Court after winning the right to appeal a lower court decision

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s battle to avoid extradition to the United States will go to Britain’s Supreme Court after he was granted the right to appeal a court ruling on Monday inferior.

The High Court in London has allowed Assange to appeal against his decision that he could be sent to the United States to stand trial for espionage.

Just over a year ago, a London District Court judge rejected a US extradition request on the grounds that Assange was likely to commit suicide if held in harsh prison conditions in the USA. US authorities later assured that the WikiLeaks founder would not undergo the harsh treatment which his lawyers say would put his physical and mental health at risk.

Last month, the High Court overturned the lower court’s decision, saying US pledges were sufficient to ensure Assange would be treated humanely.

The court on Monday allowed Assange to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Assange granted appeal to UK to fight extradition to US

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